PERFORMANCE: Norovirus has led to three wards being closed at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, which is urging members of the public with symptoms not to visit the hospital.

Anyone who has recently experienced nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea is being urged to stay away from Stafford Hospital to prevent the spread of the infection.

Norovirus, a gastrointestinal virus, is ward 8, ward 1 and the hospitals trauma and orthopaedics ward.

All have been closed to admissions, transfers and discharges to nursing and residential homes. Visiting the three wards has also been restricted while efforts to contain the virus go on.