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Waiting time targets hit by norovirus outbreaks

10th December 2008

A number of hospitals have seen waiting time targets hit by outbreaks of norovirus.

Worst affected include Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Worcestershire Royal Hospital and York Hospital. Several trusts have reported that the knock-on effect on capacity because of the norovirus bug had made it difficult to deal with or admit 98% of accident and emergency patients within four hours as required. Some hospitals have been forced to close wards, step up infection control procedures and impose visiting restrictions.

 

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Article Information

Title: Waiting time targets hit by norovirus outbreaks
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 9540
Date Added: 10th Dec 2008

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