Breaking: Sheffield hospitals battle norovirus

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HEALTH bosses have asked friends and relatives of patients to limit their visits to Sheffield’s hospitals, as they battle an outbreak of norovirus vomiting sickness.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - which runs the Northern General, Hallamshire, Jessop Wing, Weston Park and Charles Clifford hospitals - has shut 19 beds due to the norovirus bug.

Managers have urged people not visit the hospitals if they have recently had symptoms of the contagious virus, which causes diarrhoea, vomiting and fever.

Chris Morley, deputy chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “We have had an increase in incidents of norovirus over the last few days and lots of people are suffering from the illness but still coming in to visit friends and relatives in hospital which then passes it on.

“It is for this reason that we are asking visitors to support our efforts by not visiting hospitals if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 72 hours.”

“We understand that sometimes visitors feel they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives, however, if they themselves have been unwell they could be putting others at risk.”

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