PERFORMANCE: An outbreak of diarrhea and vomiting/norovirus symptoms forced the foundation to close 120 beds in the last week of January, Department of Health figures show.

On both 26 and 27 January there were 120 beds affected by the outbreak, with the number of beds closed but unnoccupied rising from 19 on the first day to 30 on the second.

The foundation was one of the worst affected trusts in that week, with an average of 45 beds a day unnavailable.

Only three other hospitals trusts were worse affected: Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

By the end of the week the number of beds unnavailable at Wirral University Teaching Hospital due to norovirus symptoms had dropped to 75.