Virus sees DGH ward closed to new admissions

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An outbreak of norovirus - or the ‘winter vomiting bug’ led to a DGH ward being temporarily closed to new admissions.

Seaford 2 ward was closed to new admissions on December 26 and opened again yesterday (Thursday) following a deep clean.

Three patients fell ill with the norovirus bug on the ward at the hospital in Kings Drive.

A spokesperson for East Sussex Helahtcare NHS Trust, which runs the DGH, said it was not uncommon to pick up the virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, at this time of year and urged anyone with such symptoms to stay at home and drink plenty of water.

He added, “It is not uncommon at this time of year to experience this virus in the community.

“If anyone is experiencing 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 they 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.”