Hospital ward closed after infection outbreak

Princess Royal Hospital Haywards Heath SUS-150701-123513001

Princess Royal Hospital Haywards Heath SUS-150701-123513001

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A hospital ward has been closed following an outbreak of an infection.

The Princess Royal Hospital, in Haywards Heath, said it is currently caring for a high number of patients with diarrhoea and vomiting.

Eighteen patients have been affected and the Ardingly Ward has been closed to new admissions with strict infection control measures in place.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “Anyone with symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting should not come to hospital but should contact their GP surgery, the out of hours GP service or the 111 service for advice.

“If you feel unwell with gastrointestinal symptoms you should stay at home and drink plenty of water and not visit friends or relatives in hospital until you are free of the symptoms for at least 48 hours. Failure to do this will increase the risk of spreading the infection to patients and staff in hospital.

“Hospital visitors who are not experiencing symptoms should practice good hand hygiene by regularly washing their hands and using the alcohol hand gel dispensers located at the entrance to all wards.”

The rest of the hospital remains open.

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