Two wards of Bronglais Hospital shut to visitors after suspected Norovirus outbreak

Sparse details have been released so far but the hospital maintain than no visitors are permitted on the wards

Sparse details have been released so far but the hospital maintain than no visitors are permitted on the wards

THE CEREDIG and Meurig wards at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth have been temporarily closed this evening after those on ward began to display symptoms of Norovirus. Relatives and visitors have been asked to stay away while tests are carried out and precautions are taken.

The hospital is also experiencing an increase in presenting patients in the Accident & Emergency department. Infection control measures are in place to reduce the risk of infection.

Sharon Daniel, assistant director of nursing (infection, prevention & control) in Hywel Dda University Health Board said:

“Illnesses such as diarrhoea and vomiting can pass from one person to another very easily.

“Viruses can be serious for sick and vulnerable patients and we are asking for your support to protect patients and healthcare workers.

“Symptoms of Norovirus include nausea (feeling queasy), diarrhoea and vomiting. If you are experiencing these symptoms it is important to wash and dry your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet and before you handle food to prevent it being passed on to others.”

No indication has been given by the hospital to when visitors will be able to return to see loved ones on the wards. For further advice on preventing the spread of infection, visit the NHS Wales site here.