Sickness bug closes two wards at hospital

Scarborough Hospital
Scarborough Hospital

TWO wards at Scarborough Hospital are currently closed due to an outbreak of norovirus.

The sickness bug has led to the temporary closure of Graham and Beech wards, which have a total of 46 beds.

Norovirus is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis in the UK affecting between 600,000 and one million people each year.

Sue Marquis, deputy director of infection prevention and control, said: “Norovirus is highly infectious and it can spread rapidly in closed environments such as hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, schools and care homes.

“Norovirus causes nausea, then vomiting and, or diarrhoea and usually lasts about three days. There is no specific treatment other than rest and drinking lots of fluid so it is therefore unnecessary for people with the infection to visit the hospital or their doctor. However, if symptoms persist, patients should phone their GP or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.”

Visitors to Scarborough Hospital are asked to wash their hands and use the hand gels on entering the hospital. Anyone with symptoms is also asked not to visit.