Virus outbreak shuts ward
Deal Hospital is back to normal after a bout of the winter
vomiting bug norovirus forced the closure of Elizabeth Ward for 17
It was reopened last week to new patient admissions and was shut
following nine cases of the highly contagious condition.
Kent Community Health NHS Trust’s deputy head of infection control
Lisa White said: “Infection control measures were put in place and
the ward was closed to new patients as a precautionary measure,
which successfully prevented the virus from spreading to other
parts of the hospital.
“We would like to remind anyone who might be feeling unwell or
experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea not to visit friends and family
members in hospital for at least 48 hours after they are free of
* For full story and NHS information about trying to avoid
catching the bug, see the East Kent Mercury, January 10.
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