A WARD has been closed to new admissions at Solihull Hospital following a suspected outbreak of noro-virus.
Visiting to the ward has been restricted unless in exceptional circumstances as tests are being carried out to confirm the illness.
Norovirus is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis and although relatively mild, it can occur at any age because immunity to it is not long-lasting. The disease was historically known as 'winter vomiting disease' due to its seasonality and typical symptoms.
Outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis are common in semi-closed environments such as hospitals.
Lisa Dunn, hospital director said: "We strongly urge anyone preparing to visit friends or relatives in hospital not to do so if they experience any vomiting and/or diarrhoea or if they have been in contact with anyone who has had the illness.
"It is absolutely crucial that all visitors wash their hands with soap and water in addition to the alcohol gel provided on the wards and carry out any instructions given by the nursing staff. This is to protect patients, visitors and staff."
Visitors can pass on any messages, or speak to a member of staff, via the hospital switchboard 0121 424 2000.