Norovirus-hit Surrey hospital closed to visitors 'for days'

A hospital which has stopped visitors for a third time because of norovirus says the ban will remain in force for "a few days".

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

Several wards at the hospital which serves parts of Surrey and Sussex, were previously closed in November and on 18 December in a bid to contain the bug.

The hospital said the situation would be reviewed "on a daily basis".

Dr Des Holden, the hospital's medical director, said: "Although we are predicting it will be a few days before we can reopen again, we are reviewing it every day."

The hospital opened its doors to visitors on Christmas Eve, but had to halt visits again on 27 December.

"We opened over Christmas because we thought we were seeing signs that we were over the second wave . It really is the last resort to do this," said Dr Holden.

"We are trying to resolve this for everyone as fast as possible."

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