Winter vomiting bug closes King’s Lynn hospital ward for the elderly

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The winter vomiting bug norovirus continues to infect part of Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

Terrington Ward was declared to be clear of the virus this afternoon and reopened to new admissions, but now Necton Ward, for the elderly, is infected and closed.

A hospital spokesman said: “Visitors are encouraged to keep numbers to a minimum during this outbreak and are reminded not to visit the hospital at all if they have themselves experienced vomiting or diarrhoea in the past 48 hours.”

Terrington Ward, for short stay patients, was infected with the bug on November 22. Each of the affected wards has 34 beds.

Closure of wards puts pressure on space in hospitals and can leave them at risk of having to consider cancelling planned procedures.

Outbreaks of norovirus in public places, such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools, are common because the virus can survive for several days on surfaces or objects touched by an infected person.

The QEH, alike many hospitals, suffers outbreaks most years. The bug can strike at any time of the year but is more prevalent in winter months.