East Surrey Hospital visitor restrictions continue

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Visiting restrictions at a hospital hit by a norovirus outbreak are to remain in place for several more days.

East Surrey Hospital in Redhill was closed to visitors on 27 December after the virus affected five wards.

Two wards have been reopened but visiting at the hospital is restricted to between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT.

A spokeswoman for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said the restrictions were being reviewed "on a day-by-day basis".

The trust is still asking people to stay away from the Charlwood, Meadvale and Holmwood wards.

'Control bug spread'

"Whilst norovirus is so prevalent in the community I can see it [the restrictions] staying until the end of the week at least," a spokeswoman for the trust said.

"We don't want to keep visitors away. We are reviewing it on a day-by-day basis and as soon as we can open it up we will."

The measures were brought in to help control the spread of the norovirus bug which causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

The virus can last for two or three days. People can be infectious for 48 hours before any symptoms appear.

East Surrey Hospital serves a population of 420,000 people across east Surrey and north-east West Sussex.

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