Hospital confirms norovirus outbreak

Stay away unless absolutely necessary, warns healthcare trust

PATIENTS and visitors are being warned about an outbreak of norovirus at North Devon District Hospital, in Barnstaple.

A number of wards have been affected by the diarrhoea and vomiting infection, also known as the ‘winter-vomiting bug’.

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is advising people to stay away from the hospital unless ‘absolutely necessary’.

A spokesperson said: “As we deal with and control this outbreak, we would kindly ask members of the public to only visit the hospital if absolutely necessary.

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“Our focus is to provide a safe service to all our patients and this measure will help to reduce the potential spread of infection between visitors and patients and between wards.

“If you feel your visit is essential, you should exercise good hand hygiene, and use the hand hygiene gel located at the entrance to each ward on arrival and departure.

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“If your visit could be delayed or is not essential, we would be grateful if you could postpone it.”

To contact a patient or get a message to them, telephone 01271 322577 or email

Anyone who has had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours is asked not to visit the hospital.

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