Winter vomiting bug shuts two wards at the hospital

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The winter vomiting bug has now closed two wards at the DGH.

Seaford 1 Ward (MAU) is closed to new admissions as it has confirmed cases and Cuckmere Ward is closed to new admissions as it has suspected cases. Two further wards also have a bay closed.

A DGH spokesperson said, “We are experiencing an increasing prevalence of norovirus both in the hospital and community which is not uncommon at this time of year. If you experience symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting and feel unwell with gastrointestinal symptoms – don’t help pass them on.

“Stay at home and drink plenty of water. More importantly please DO NOT visit friends or relatives in hospital until you are free of symptoms for at least 48 hours. Failure to do this increases the risk of spreading the infection to patients and staff in hospital. We would prefer that you consider not visiting these affected wards, however, if you must visit please restrict the time of your visit to the very minimum and wash your hands before and after visiting.”

Norovirus is highly infectious and is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) in England and Wales.

It has been historically known as a ‘winter vomiting bug’ due to its seasonality and typical symptoms. The illness is generally mild and people usually recover fully within two to three days. There are no long term effects that result from being infected. Infections can occur at any age because immunity is not long lasting.

Tina Lloyd, of infection prevention and control, said, “Norovirus is highly infectious. The public can help contain the spread of this virus by not visiting friends or relatives in hospital if they are experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting and feel unwell with gastrointestinal symptoms.”