PERFORMANCE: Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust has reported a “significant improvement” with its current outbreak of norovirus.

In a statement on 15 February, the trust said: “We recently announced that Epsom Hospital was dealing with a number of cases of the ‘winter vomiting bug’, norovirus, which puts a significant pressure on beds at the hospital.”

At the height of the outbreak at the end of January, 75 out of 243 beds at Epsom Hospital were affected. On 1 February, the trust had 47 beds out of use due to the infection but said the situation was starting to improve.  

In the latest statement the trust said: “We are pleased to announce that we have seen further improvement in the situation, with just a handful of cases now being treated in isolation at the hospital.

“Whilst this does mean that no bays (groups of beds on wards) are affected, we are still seeing people in our accident and emergency departments with symptoms.”