Wards stay shut after sickness bug outbreak

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TWO wards remain closed to new admissions at the Edith Cavell Hospital, in Peterborough, a week after an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

TWO wards remain closed to new admissions at the Edith Cavell Hospital, in Peterborough, a week after an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.Peterborough and Stamford NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust shut Ward 10 at the Bretton hospital on October 16 under its infection prevention and control action plan, and shortly afterwards, Ward 6 also had to be closed.

On Ward 10, a total of five patients and two members of staff have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, but since the closure to new admissions, there have been no more cases.

The second ward to shut, Ward 6, had one new patient and one additional member of staff who had developed symptoms, leaving four patients and three members of staff affected.

Director of nursing Chris Wilkinson, said: “In line with our policy, Ward 6 and Ward 10 will remain closed to new admissions to limit the spread of infection.

“So far, symptoms on these wards are contained, and they will remain closed until symptoms are clear for 48 hours and both wards have been specially cleaned.

“Members of staff who have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting will only return to work once they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours.

“It is common for the infection to be brought into hospital from the community, and it can easily spread.

“We hope to open these wards to new admissions as soon as possible, and we thank our patients, staff and visitors for their co-operation during this period.”