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Hospital bug alert
11:00am Monday 7th January 2013 in News
STAFF at Southampton’s teaching hospitals introduced a temporary restriction on visitors to prevent further spreading of the winter vomiting bugs.
While only four wards at Southampton General Hospital closed to new admissions, doctors were concerned that sustained high levels of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community could worsen the situation if visitors bring the infection into the hospital.
Judy Gillow, director of nursing at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have contained the spread of sickness bugs within the hospital well throughout November and December and over Christmas, but cases have remained high outside and we are now beginning to see that have an effect on us.”