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Addenbrooke's cuts visiting hours as winter vomiting bug hits

Addenbrooke's Hospital - entrance to the Addenbrooke's Hospital site off Hills Road. (7045390)
Addenbrooke's Hospital - entrance to the Addenbrooke's Hospital site off Hills Road. (7045390)

Visiting hours at Addenbrooke’s Hospital are being restricted following a rise in cases of norovirus, the bug which causes diarrhoea and vomiting.

The hospital said that to protect patients, it is important that members of the public do not come to hospital if they have diarrhoea or are being sick. And this extends to people if anyone in their household has been affected - they should stay away from the wards for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have disappeared.

Visiting times on all adult wards – not just those where there are patients with norovirus – are now restricted. Visiting times are currently 3pm till 5pm and 6.30pm till 8pm. The hospital added that there can be only two adult visitors per

patient allowed at any one time, and children are not be allowed to enter wards unless their visit is essential.

No visitors will be allowed on closed wards except by prior arrangement in exceptional circumstances.

Medical director, Ashley Shaw, said: “We hope people understand that the reason we put these restrictions in place is to help protect our patients by stopping the spread of this virus.

“The best treatment for the virus is to rest at home and drink plenty of fluids. In otherwise healthy people, it normally clears up after around 48 hours – but if you are concerned or you have other health problems, speak to your GP or NHS Direct."

If you are planning a visit Addenbrooke's, call 01223 245151 to check if a ward is affected.


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