Broomfield Hospital wards hope to be able to reopen by the end of the week
31st March 2011
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Ward closures at Broomfield Hospital remain in place but it is hoped they could be reopened at the end of the week.


Non-essential visitors have been banned from two wards at Broomfield Hospital following an outbreak of novovirus, the diarrhoea and vomiting bug.


The wards involved have been a respiratory ward and the emergency assessment unit. No new cases have occurred recently so staff at the hospital hope the virus has been contained and they will be able to reopen to visitors soon.


Novovirus is easily spread between people and causes diarrhoea and vomiting. The illness usually lasts about 2 days but for up to 3 days after symptoms have gone a person can still pass the virus on.


Hospital staff are reviewing the situation daily and will reopen the wards as soon as it is safe to do so. Their main priority is the health of their patients and staff.


For the latest information visit the hospital website.

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