VISITORS are being restricted at three of the region’s major hospitals after an outbreak of the norovirus winter sickness bug.
NHS bosses have now introduced new visiting rules in an attempt to control an outbreak of the highly contagious bug at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Solihull and Heartlands hospitals along with Good Hope.
Lisa Dunn, hospital director, said: “We currently have one ward at Heartlands and four wards at Good Hope Hospital that are closed for new admissions. As a precautionary measure, visiting restrictions apply on all of our wards, across all three of our sites. Please call ahead before you make your journey to any of our hospitals to check what visiting restrictions apply.”
Patients are also asked to call the Hospital switchboard on 0121 424 2000 to enquire about visiting.
Norovirus is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, in England and Wales.
Normally mild, people usually recover from the illness within two or three days.