BOSSES at the Countess of Chester Hospital are hoping an outbreak of ‘winter vomiting virus’ is over after an affected ward was fully reopened.
Visiting restrictions have now been lifted at ward 51 and new patients are being admitted after the last norovirus case, which leads to vomiting and diarrhoea over a 48 hour period, cleared up.
At its height, 16 out of 28 patients on the ward exhibited symptoms associated with the virus, which is more likely to develop as an illness during the winter months.
Gaynor Tewkesbury, director of nursing & patient services, said “touch wood” the outbreak was over but she cautioned that if the virus was in the community it could be brought back into the hospital.
She said: “It all over and the ward is open again and back to normal. There are no patients with norovirus at the moment.”
The director said A & E staff were on the look-out to ensure that anyone admitted with suspected norovirus was looked after in isolation.