PERFORMANCE: Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust has been hit by norovirus this month.

Last week two wards at Worthing Hospital were closed to new inpatient admissions, and there were more limited restrictions at St Richard’s.

The hospitals have seen relatively little of norovirus throughout the winter but the illness is circulating in the wider population and so “inevitably there is the risk of it being introduced onto wards”, the trust said.

With diarrhoea and vomiting illness present in the community, people were being asked to help keep hospital patients safe from the bug. Visitors were advised to postpone visiting if suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting symptoms, or if they had been affected within the last 48 hours.

Cathy Stone, director of nursing and patient safety at Western Sussex, said: “Our priority is always to keep our patients safe, and we are asking people to help us to achieve that.

“The vast majority of our wards are not affected at the moment, and we want to keep it that way.”

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