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CHESTERFIELD Royal Hospital remains closed to visitors after more cases of the contagious Norovirus winter vomiting bug affected staff and patients overnight.

The hospital took the unprecedented step of closing eight wards on Wednesday.

A hospital spokesman said: “We appreciate how much relatives and friends want to see their loved ones while they are in hospital, but hope you understand why we have had to take this tough step.”

The spokesman added the hospital was in “considerable danger” of not being able to function and it wanted to ensure appropriate care for ill patients.

He added: “We’ve taken this difficult decision until the outbreak is under control.”

Those with concerns can call the NHS Direct phone service and are advised not to visit surgeries.

For updates see www.derbyshire times.co.uk.