A ward at Hereford County Hospital has been closed to visitors due to increased incidents of diarrhoea and vomiting.

As a preventative measure, visiting to the Gilwern ward has been closed at the County Hospital to prevent the further spread of Norovirus which is affecting some patients.

Consultant microbiologist Venkat Sivaprakasam, said: “We’ve had to close this ward to visitors to help lessen the chance of the spread of diarrhoea and vomiting to both patients and visitors and other areas of the hospital.”

He added that these kinds of outbreak come from within the community and are often seen at this time of year.

“It’s important that any visitors or outpatients with diarrhoea and/or vomiting do not visit any of our hospitals until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.

“Visitors to all areas of hospitals are requested to practice good hand hygiene and use the alcohol gels available in all wards/departments in order to prevent any further spread of infection.