Winter vomiting bug leads to closure of three hospital wards

ANOTHER outbreak of a winter vomiting bug has led to the closure of three wards at the Conquest Hospital.

Norovirus broke out last week, with two wards having confirmed cases of the illness.

Tressell Ward, which looks after patients with respiratory conditions, was shut last Tuesday (February 21) and both Gardner and Winter Murray were closed to new patients on Monday.

The Irvine Unit at Bexhill Hospital is also not taking in new admissions because of the bug and remains closed.

Almost 40 patients in total have displayed symptoms of the bug so far.

Gardner Ward, a surgical ward, reopened on Wednesday but the Conquest’s Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) was shut because of diarrhoea and vomiting.

The latest outbreak is the second to strike the Conquest as Baird Ward, which has 28 beds, was shut in January for several days.

For the latest updates on wards affected by the outbreak click here