Two wards still closed at Peterborough City Hospital

TWO wards remain closed at Peterborough City Hospital after the outbreak of a winter vomiting bug.

Wards A9 and B6 are closed to new admissions after patients contracted norovirus. Signs have been put up warning visitors not to enter the hospital if they have vomited or had diarrhoea in the last 48 hours.

Wards A8 and A10 were closed last week but reopened over the weekend as there were no new incidents of diarrhoea and vomiting amongst patients or staff and the deep cleaning processes had been completed.

Ward B7 reopened on Wednesday last week.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: “Once a ward has been cleaned, it can be assessed for reopening 72 hours after the last patient became symptomatic.

“This ensures the prevention of further people contracting the extremely contagious virus.”

Visiting is restricted on wards that are closed to new admissions. Relatives have been informed by telephone and can still visit between 6pm and 7pm each day.

Outbreaks such as this are factored into the hospital’s winter escalation plan. A hospital spokesman confirmed the recently reopened John Van Geest Ward at Stamford Hospital could be used if more wards in Peterborough were closed, but was not needed at the moment.