UPDATE: Hospital ward expected to be partially reopened following deep clean after Norovirus outbreak

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One ward at Bedford Hospital is expected to be partly reopened later today following the outbreak of the highly contagious Norovirus.

The Whitbread ward, which specialises in gastroenterology, is undergoing a deep clean in a bid to beat the bug, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

Four hospital wards were closed last week, but today just the Pilgram ward, which looks after patients with respiratory problems and the Whitbread ward remain closed.

Visiting restrictions are in place on the affected wards, where one visitor is allowed per patient for a maximum of one hour, unless agreed with the nurse in charge.

All visitors to Bedford Hospital are being asked to wash their hands with soap and water upon entering and exiting ward areas as alcohol gel does not kill the virus.

People are being urged not to come to the hospital if they have experienced symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting within the last 48 hours, unless it is an emergency. Instead call your GP surgery for advice.

Due to ward closures and high numbers of admissions the hospital remains incredibly busy so people are being asked to think twice before going to A&E and to consider if they could be treated via their GP or pharmacist instead.