Four wards remain closed
Visitors are still being advised not to enter Maidstone
Hospital after an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.
People should only visit the Hermitage Lane site if
absolutely necessary and to check with the wards before they
The warning was issued yesterday after 12 patients were showing
signs of the Norovirus.
Five wards were closed and one has since reopened but the
warning remains in place. A spokesman said seven people were still
Dr Sara Mumford, director of infection
prevention and control, said: “Visiting at Maidstone Hospital has
been temporarily stopped following cases of Norovirus.
"We realise that this might be difficult for
some people who want to visit family and friends but we are very
grateful for everyone’s co-operation and understanding at this
“Norovirus is a particular problem for
hospitals because we are looking after already unwell people who
may have reduced immunity and are susceptible to
“We will review the situation daily and let
people know as soon as normal visiting hours can be resumed."
The outbreak comes almost two months after a
number of patients were admitted with the virus and wards were
closed as a precaution.
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