Bug closes ward

Clova Ward at Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre has been closed to new admissions following several cases of vomiting and diarrhoea which is thought to be caused by Norovirus, more commonly known as the winter vomiting bug.

The medicine for the elderly ward has been closed to new patients as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus and all appropriate infection control measures have been put in place.

“Winter vomiting is extremely common at this time of year in the wider community,” explains an NHS spokesperson.

“To help us minimise the spread of these bugs, we ask people who may be feeling unwell or experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea not to visit their friends and family members who are in hospital.

“We would urge them to stay away until at least 48 hours after they are free of all symptoms.”