PERFORMANCE: Despite a national increase in the number of norovirus cases Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has reported a significant reduction in outbreaks over the winter period.

Across the country the number of cases of the winter vomiting bug have been up approximately 63 per cent but this winter the East Midlands trust has seen a fall.

From November 2012 to January 2013 there were 10 outbreaks at the trust, affecting 123 patients, 28 members of staff and resulting in the loss of 281 bed days.

During the same period in 2011/12 there were 29 outbreaks affecting 491 patients, 131 staff and 861 bed days lost.

A report to the trust board has praised staff for their “prompt and effective management of these recent outbreaks” adding: “They have worked very hard to assess affected patients and promptly isolate.”