3 May 2019, 3:31 p.m.

Wards 4B and 8B at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital are currently restricting visiting as a precautionary measure due to patients on those wards having flu-like illness and diarrhoea and vomiting.

The temporary restricted visiting is designed to protect patients from infection from the community, to control the spread of the illness and to limit the number of people moving in and out of the affected wards. Exceptions can be made for relatives visiting on compassionate grounds. These visitors are asked to call ahead, or speak to a member of staff on entering the ward.

The visiting restrictions will be reviewed every day and lifted as soon as possible.

Meanwhile for those who plan to visit friends or relatives over the bank holiday weekend, if you or a close friend, work colleague or relative has experienced sickness or diarrhoea in the last 72 hours then it is essential to avoid visiting the hospital. People in hospital are already ill and may be more severely affected if they get the diarrhoea and vomiting bug because it can stop some medicines from working properly.

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