PERFORMANCE: North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has been forced to cancel all non-urgent operations at one of its hospitals following an outbreak of norovirus.

The trust took the decision to postpone the procedures at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle on 26 January to try to minimise the impact of the winter vomiting bug outbreak.

It has also asked children and non-essential visitors not to visit any of the wards until further notice.

The trust has introduced strict limitations of two visitors per bed and next of kin only.

North Cumbria’s medical director Jeremy Rushmer said the trust would endeavour to reschedule the operations as soon as they could.

He added: “It is important that we reduce the spread of norovirus as soon as possible in order to protect our vulnerable patients and ensure there are beds available for emergency admissions coming into the hospital.”

A spokeswoman for the trust said there had been a slight improvement in the infection situation in the last couple of days, but that the restrictions remained.

She said the trust was reviewing the measures on a daily basis.