Sickness bug closes two wards

Scarborough Hospital
Scarborough Hospital

TWO wards at Scarborough Hospital are closed following the outbreak of a sickness bug.

Bosses have confirmed that Chestnut and Oak wards are currently closed, along with Johnson ward at Bridlington Hospital.

A number of patient bays are also closed at Scarborough. These include two on Beech ward and one on Cherry ward.

On Graham ward a six-bed annexe is currently under observation.

Liz Booth, director of operations for Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We are currently experiencing an outbreak of a diarrhoea and vomiting bug, and as a result have closed three wards to new admissions and three other wards have some bed areas closed.

“We have an excellent track record in terms of our infection control practices, and I am confident that our staff are doing all the right things to contain the spread of the virus.

“We have clear processes for all staff to follow in these circumstances, and this includes being strict about visiting.

“For the time being visiting to the hospital is restricted. The affected wards are closed to visitors other than for essential visits at the discretion of the ward manager.

“Visitors can call the hospital before visiting to find out if a particular ward is closed. This is to keep the virus contained and to help visitors to keep themselves safe as well as their friends or relatives.

“People should always wash their hands before and after visiting and use the hand sanitizer gel.

“Children should not visit the affected areas, and people who have been unwell should not visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.”

A spokeswoman also told the Evening News that Oak ward had confirmed Norovirus cases.