PERFORMANCE: Cheshire & Wirral Partnership was forced to close a ward in November when an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea aflicted nearly two thirds of the patients, new board papers show.

A report to the mental health trust’s January board meeting said it had been forced to close the Weaver Ward for five days in November, in response to an outbreak affecting nine of the 14 service users on the ward.

One member of staff also reported sick with symptoms.

The report said: “The Health Protection Agency (HPA) were updated regularly throughout the outbreak. No cause was identified; however, it is likely to be viral in origin due to the nature of the symptoms displayed. A post outbreak meeting was held and this will be reported at February’s Infection Prevention and Control Sub-Committee.”