Norovirus on Conquest ward

Conquest Hospital, Hastings. SUS-150615-132748001
Conquest Hospital, Hastings. SUS-150615-132748001

A hospital is reminding visitors to stay at home if they feel unwell, after two bays on a ward were closed because of the winter vomiting bug.

There have been two confirmed cases of norovirus on the Baird Ward at the Conquest Hospital.

A spokesperson for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said: “We currently have one bay closed to new admissions on Baird Ward due to norovirus.

“There had been a patient in this bay with confirmed norovirus who has since been discharged.

“As norovirus has an incubation period of 48hrs the bay will remain closed for this time and reopened, provided no other patients develop symptoms.

“A second bay on the ward was also closed to new admissions over the weekend which opened on Monday.

“In total, there had been two confirmed cases of norovirus on the ward and these patients have both now been discharged.”

He added: “If anyone is experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting and feel unwell with gastrointestinal symptoms - don’t help pass them on.

“Stay at home and drink plenty of water. More importantly please DO NOT visit friends or relatives in hospital until they are free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.

“Failure to do this increases the risk of spreading the infection to patients and staff in hospital.”

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