BREAKING: Norovirus outbreak at Scarborough Hospital

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Two wards have been closed at Scarborough hospital due to a norovirus outbreak.

While it is commonly known as the winter vomiting bug, the hospital currently has a ward closed (Oak Ward) due to norovirus, with Stroke Ward and bays on a further two wards closed due to increased diarrhoea and vomiting.

A spokesman for the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The hospital is specifically asking people who have been unwell not to visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.

“This is really important because the virus is highly infectious. The virus is easily spread by contact with an infected person, especially through their hands.

“It is likely that the virus has entered the hospital via the local community and the hospital is urging visitors to think carefully before paying any non-essential visits at this time.

“If you do have to visit we ask that you follow guidance, which includes always washing your hands before and after visiting. This is to keep the virus contained and to help visitors to keep themselves safe as well as their friends or relatives.

“Patients, friends and relatives can call the hospital before visiting to find out if a particular ward is affected. To contact the hospital call 01723 368111.”