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Caithness General Hospital's Bignold ward closed to new admissions after norovirus outbreak

By Alan Hendry

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Caithness General Hospital.
Caithness General Hospital.

A norovirus outbreak has led to Caithness General Hospital's Bignold ward being closed to new admissions.

NHS Highland said today that several patients had symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting, and that norovirus had been confirmed.

Visiting to the ward has also been restricted to essential only. Next of kin can contact the ward to discuss visiting arrangements.

A spokesperson for NHS Highland said: "We would ask all members of the public that if they have, or live with someone who has, symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting they please refrain from visiting any hospital or care home setting until clear of symptoms for 48 hours."

Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK, according to the NHS Inform website. It is also known as the "winter vomiting bug" because it is more common in winter, although it can be caught at any time of the year.

Norovirus information from the NHS.
Norovirus information from the NHS.

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