UPDATE: Six wards at Pilgrim are closed

Wards still closed at Pilgrim.
Wards still closed at Pilgrim.
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Health bosses have revealed nearly half the wards are closed at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital due to the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

Three were closed on Wednesday – with access restricted to a further two – when the outbreak first started and further closures happened over the weekend, taking the total to six.

The hospital has 14 wards.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust have not yet commented on the impact on planned operations.

A statement from the trust says fewer patients and staff now have active symptoms, but restrictions are still in place to help protect patients, visitors and staff.

The trust is asking everyone who plans to visit a friend or relative in the hospital to telephone first – all wards can be contacted via the switchboard on 01205 364801.

• Health bosses are later today (Monday) reviewing ward closures at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

On Wednesday managers shut three wards and restricted admissions to two more because a number of patients and staff showed symptoms of the bug.

This morning a spokesman for United Lincolnshire NHS Hospitals Trust (ULHT), said: “The wards are still closed until further notice. We are having a meeting later on this afternoon.”

On Wednesday ULHT described the closure and restricted admissions as “a precaution to prevent further spread of the virus.”

The trust said beds would reopen for admissions once patients had been discharged and the area remained symptom free for up to 72 hours.

Hospital bosses also asked anyone considering visiting a friend or relative in hospital to think carefully about going if they had experienced diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms within the past four days.

Trust medical director Dr Suneil Kapadia said: “We know that sometimes visitors feel that they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives, however if they themselves have been unwell, they could be putting others at risk.”

• ULHT advises anyone with symptoms of the bug to telephone NHS 111 or their GP, but not visit the surgery.