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RD&E appeals for public's help to stop spread of winter vomiting bug


The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is urging anyone who has suffered from symptoms of the highly infectious Norovirus bug to stay away from the hospital until they have been free of the symptoms for at least 48 hours.


Cases of Norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea and is more common in the winter months, have been rising at the RD&E over the Christmas and New Year period, placing extra pressure on hospital bed capacity at a very busy time for the hospital.


At the current time the hospital has closed Lowman and Okement wards and isolated areas in three other wards – Torridge, Abbey and Mere - where Norovirus is either confirmed or suspected.  As a result around 10 beds are not available for use at a time when the hospital is dealing with a high number of acutely ill patients who need to stay in hospital. Further suspected cases of Norovirus among new admissions and in some visitors are also being investigated.


Call 111 when its less than urgent