Friday, 4 December 2009

Ill of Wight hit by stomach bug

The NHS on the Isle of Wight have recently been hit by an outbreak of gastric flu, which has affected St Mary's hospital.

The infection, which is a leading cause of death in children under five, has been carried into the hospital via the outside community.

Non-urgent surgery is being postponed and hospital staff are currently contacting by phone those who will be affected, whilst urging those who have had diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 48 hours not to visit.

Visiting hours have been reduced to between 2-3pm and 7-8pm and are only for those in essential need, although outpatient appointments are continuing as normal.

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