Vomiting bug outbreak leads to visitor restrictions at South Yorkshire hospital

Rotherham Hospital
Rotherham Hospital
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A hospital in South Yorkshire has imposed visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of a vomiting bug.

Rotherham Hospital said there has been an outbreak of rotavirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting.

It said the virus was limited to a small number of areas, and it had placed restrictions on visitors to help prevent it spreading.

The restrictions, announced on Friday, include:

* No non-essential visits on wards A1 and A5

* Two visitor limit per patient on wards A4, B4 and B5, and in the Stroke Unit

* No children allowed in these areas

The hospital advises anyone who has experienced symptoms of the bug or been in contact with someone who has had it to ensure they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours before visiting.

It said the best prevention for diarrhoea and vomiting is regular hand washing using soap and running water.

"This is a short term measure and we thank you all for your cooperation during this time," the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, added in a statement.