Norovirus shuts 12 beds at East Surrey hospital

Beds at a Surrey hospital have been shut following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust said 12 beds were currently closed at East Surrey Hospital because patients had showed symptoms of the condition.

Other beds were closed and reopened before the Easter weekend.

A spokeswoman for East Surrey Hospital urged anyone showing signs of the illness to stay away from hospital for at least 48 hours.

She added: "For the protection of our patients please do not visit the hospital if you, or someone you have been in contact with, has experienced diarrhoea and or vomiting in the last two days."

The spokeswoman said a deep clean would be carried out before the affected beds were reopened.

Norovirus causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The symptoms begin about 12 to 48 hours after infection and usually last for between 12 and 60 hours.

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