Bug closes hospital ward

CHRIS BISHOP A ward was closed at a Norfolk hospital today after an outbreak of a virulent diarrhoea bug.Five patients on Oxborough Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital were diagnosed with Clostridium difficult virus this morning.

CHRIS BISHOP

A ward was closed at a Norfolk hospital today after an outbreak of a virulent diarrhoea bug.

Five patients on Oxborough Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital were diagnosed with Clostridium difficult virus this morning.

The 34-bed ward for elderly patients has now been closed to new admissions to contain the outbreak.

Visits are still being allowed but tight hygiene controls have been introduced to help prevent the bug from spreading.

“Visitors to patients on the ward should be prepared to go through the normal hand-hygiene procedure when they arrive, then they will have to wear plastic gloves and a plastic apron for the duration of their visit,” a spokesman said.

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“This will apply to all visitors, not just those of patients affected by C.diff. The apron and gloves are disposed of at the end of the visit, when the hand hygiene procedure has to be repeated.

“There are no restrictions on other wards but we do, as a matter of course, urge all hospital visitors to use the antiseptic hand gel available at the hospital entrances and on each ward.”