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East Surrey Hospital clear of vomit bug
7:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Local News
The East Surrey Hospital in Redhill has been declared clear of winter vomiting disease.
Health chiefs at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital in Three Arch Road, have re-opened the two wards which were closed two weeks ago because of the outbreak of the bug, also known as the Norovirus.
Tandridge and Chaldon Wards were re-opened late last week, and visiting restrictions on them lifted.
However, the Trust is still urging people ill with the bug to stay away from the hospital and to stay at home, drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, wash their hands and clean their toilets regularly to prevent the bug spreading, and call their GP or NHS Direct on 08454647 if they have concerns. Norovirus is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis - diarrhoea and vomiting - in England and Wales. The stomach bug is often prevalent in the community at this time of year, affecting between 600,000 and one million people in the UK each year. Though sudden and involving projectile vomiting, Norovirus is generally mild and people usually recover fully within two to three days. There are no long-term effects from being infected but infections can occur at any age because immunity is not long lasting.