A HOSPITAL in Herefordshire has been shut to visitors due to cases of diarrhoea and vomiting caused by norovirus.

Wye Valley NHS Trust said both inpatient wards at Bromyard Community Hospital are closed to visitors due to the virus, often referred to as the winter vomiting bug.

As a preventative measure, the trust, which also runs Hereford County Hospital, said visiting in both wards has been stopped to prevent the further spread of norovirus, which was "affecting some patients". 


Lucy Flanagan, chief nursing officer at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “This type of virus is commonly seen at this time of year and can spread quickly to our vulnerable patients and our staff.

"Experience has shown that restricting visiting can lessen the chance of spread. 

“We wish to thank our patients and visitors for their understanding and to emphasise that these restrictions are in place to protect our patients, as part of a zero-tolerance approach to healthcare-associated infections”.

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The trust said there are some simple steps that the public can take to help stop norovirus spreading:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the toilet, and before preparing food. If you’re in an NHS facility pay attention to hand hygiene notices such as using hand gel upon entering and leaving a ward.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with a norovirus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
  • Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet. You should also keep the surrounding toilet area clean and hygienic.
  • Wash any clothing, or linens, which could have become contaminated with norovirus. Washing with hot, soapy water will help to ensure that the virus is killed.

It said that although people usually recover without treatment in 24 to 72 hours, it is important to stay away from work, school, college or any social gatherings until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.