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Princess Royal University Hospital taking 'extra precautions' as Norovirus spreads

PUBLISHED: 15:09 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:09 15 March 2016

Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough

Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough

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The hospital closed all wards to visitors last month following an outbreak of the virus

A Farnborough hospital insists it is taking ‘extra precautions’ to tackle the spread of the Norovirus across the south east.

Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) closed all wards to visitors last month following an outbreak, and while these were subsequently reopened, it is putting protocols in place to ensure patient safety.

A spokesperson for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the PRUH, said: “There are still a small number of inpatients at the PRUH who have Norovirus symptoms, so we are continuing to take extra precautions and asking visitors to follow the protocols we have put in place.

“These include phoning ahead before visiting, and thorough handwashing on entering and leaving wards.

“Norovirus is extremely contagious and we know there are cases in the community, so anyone who has experienced symptoms (diarrhoea and vomiting) within the last 72 hours should not visit the hospital.

“We know this has been a difficult time for patients and their loved-ones, but we would like to thank them for their patience, and for helping us control the spread of Norovirus.”

A nearby school in Dartford saw 600 pupils absent on Friday as parents looked to protect their children from the spreading virus.

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