Sandwell Hospital open again after norovirus outbreak21st January 2009
One of three wards at a West Midlands hospital closed after it was hit by a vomiting bug has reopened.
The ward, at Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich, reopened following a deep clean, two days after it was closed following an outbreak of norovirus, which is commonly known as the winter vomiting bug.
The other two wards, which were closed on Wednesday and Saturday, remain closed. Norovirus has yet to be confirmed as the reason for the second closure.
The airborne norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhoea and can spread quickly.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust director of infection prevention and control Dr Beryl Oppenheim said:
"Generally people in the community who are suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, unless it is extremely severe, should avoid coming in to hospital as an admission.
"If you have been suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting you should not visit anyone in hospital until you have been symptom free for a full 48 hours."
Visits remain restricted on the two closed wards, the hospital said
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Title: Sandwell Hospital open again after norovirus outbreak
Author: Joseph Stein
Article Id: 9897
Date Added: 21st Jan 2009