Mid Wales

Llanidloes hospital: Graham Davies ward shuts over bug

A hospital ward has been closed to new admissions after an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Powys Teaching Local Health Board said Graham Davies ward at Llanidloes hospital was shut until further notice.

Officials said staff were taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the care and safety of patients.

Several wards at Withybush hospital in Haverfordwest have been closed following a similar outbreak which started last week.

Powys Teaching Local Health Board said people with symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting should stay at home.

Once the illness had cleared they should stay indoors for a further 48 hours to avoid spreading it to other people, it added.

A health board spokesman said: "It is particularly important that people who are unwell keep away from patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities as they may be at increased risk of contracting gastroenteritis.

"If they do contract it they may experience more severe symptoms and it may exacerbate their other health problems.

"It is equally important that if patients being admitted to hospital, or their household contacts, have been suffering from gastroenteritis within the last 48 hours, they should inform the admitting doctor."

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