‘Worst outbreak for two years’

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

Six wards were closed at Boston’s Pilgrim last week after an outbreak of the norovirus.

During the outbreak, the management team met twice a day to discuss the situation – and say the wards have been ‘very closely surveyed’.

When people are grouped together in a ward it’s very difficult to contain the virus

Deputy director of operations Tina White

Deputy director of operations Tina White said: “We now know minute-by-minute when they are classed as clear from norovirus. And then what we can do in terms of moving patients.”

She added: “It’s a virus that is airborne, so when people are grouped together in a ward it’s very difficult to contain it.”

Wards and beds are only re-opened for admissions once the area has been symptom-free for up to 72 hours. At the time of going to press, three of the six wards had been re-opened.

Ms White said she is proud of the way hospital staff have worked to control the infection, describing it as the worst outbreak she had seen for two years.

“We will never refuse entry to anybody – but we would urge people not to come here unnecessarily. Some come to A&E because they can’t see their doctor and it’s these kinds of people we don’t want using the A&E.”