Winter virus closes wards

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TWO wards have been closed to new admissions at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital because of a fresh outbreak of the winter vomiting bug Norovirus.

Hilary Chapman, chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said visitors should only attend if ‘absolutely necessary’, to prevent the bug spreading.

People should also stay away if themselves, their family or close colleagues have suffered vomiting and diarrhoea in the past 72 hours.

The bug can make hospital patients weak and dehydrated, and interfere with the effectiveness of medications.