Epsom Hospital has 47 beds still closed after norvirus

Epsom Hospital
Image caption People with symptoms should re-book routine appointments and check before attending A&E

Almost 50 beds are still out of use at Epsom Hospital because of a norovirus outbreak, NHS chiefs have said.

At the height of the outbreak, which began in January, 75 out of the Surrey hospital's 243 beds were affected.

Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust said 47 beds remained closed but the situation was continuing to improve with 16 due to reopen in the next 36 hours.

People are urged to continue taking measures to avoid spreading the bug, by not visiting if they have symptoms.

Twenty-nine patients had norovirus at the height of the outbreak but 75 beds were affected because some were close to patients suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea.

'Keep children away'

Infection control and prevention teams have been working alongside staff to lessen the impact of the outbreak.

The NHS trust has urged people with symptoms of the sickness bug to reschedule routine appointments and not to visit the hospital.

People have been advised to check with their GP before going to A&E, and to contact the hospital for advice if they need to attend urgent appointments such as at cancer clinics.

People without symptoms are also asked to keep visiting to a minimum and to avoid bringing children into the hospital.

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