Hospital visitors warned to stay away amid bug worry

A DIARRHOEA and vomiting bug has gripped Eastbourne’s hospital and visitors are being told to stay away.

Wards at Eastbourne District General Hospital (DGH) have been closed to stop the norovirus spreading and patients suffering from the symptoms have been placed in isolation.

Eastbourne and its surrounding areas have seen a recent outbreak of the bug and the DGH asks people not to visit the hospital unless absolutely necessary. Those suffering from the bug are told to refrain from coming to the hospital until they have had two days without symptoms.

Dr Barry Phillips, director of infection prevention and control at the DGH, said, “Some patients currently have diarrhoea and vomiting and we are doing all we can to contain the situation. We have had reports from the wards affected that some visitors have had symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting within 48 hours of their visit.

“Therefore we would like to remind the public to help in trying to prevent the further spread by refraining from visiting the hospital if they are unwell or have had these symptoms within the last two days.”

Those who must visit the hospital should use the alcohol gel dispensers at the ward entrances before and after visiting. The DGH say only family and close friends should risk visiting the affected wards.

The norovirus is not uncommon or life-threatening but could prove debilitating to the elderly or patients already suffering from other conditions.

Information about which wards are affected can be found at the main reception desk and on the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust website.