AN OUTBREAK of ‘winter vomiting virus’ on a ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital appears to be subsiding after the number of cases reduced to just one patient.
Ward 51 had been closed to new admissions and visitors last week in order to tackle the 48-hour norovirus which leads to vomiting and diarrhoea and is more likely to develop as an illness during the winter months.
At its height, 16 out of 28 patients on the ward exhibited symptoms associated with the virus.
Visiting is now allowed, although visiting infectious patients is strictly controlled.
Norovirus symptoms in children can be mild but they should be discouraged from coming to visit in an affected area, as they may be particularly susceptible to the virus.
Friends and relatives that are unwell or suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting must not visit.
Visitors with queries about whether to visit a patient on Ward 51 at this time, should contact the ward manager via the hospital switchboard on 01244 365000 or speak to staff on main reception who will provide assistance.