Friday, December 23, 2011

Norovirus Outbreak UK: 1,300 patients are struck down by the vomiting bug as figure soars 60% in a week - 23rd Dec 2011

Nearly 1,300 hospital patients have been struck down with the winter vomiting bug, figures show.

More than 50 NHS trusts have been hit by norovirus, and many have shut wards in an attempt to stop it spreading.

The number of victims has risen by 60 per cent in the last week, although the Department of Health claims the rates are ‘normal’ for this time of year.

The worst-hit trust is Doncaster and Bassetlaw, where 176 patients have been struck down across three hospitals. In total 1,293 patients have the bug in 51 NHS trusts across England.

Managers are urging relatives to stay away completely, or call the ward in advance to check it hasn’t been closed if the visit is absolutely necessary.

Michelle Veitch, general manager at Doncaster and Bassetlaw, said: ‘There has been an increase in norovirus but according to my colleagues it is no worse than last year. Read More