Royal ward closed after another Norovirus outbreak

THE trust has taken the difficult decision to close Murphy ward at Chesterfield Royal to all visitors as all bays and rooms on the 27-bedded ward are affected by Norovirus.

The decision has been taken to protect members of the public as, due to the extremely contagious nature of Norovirus, the risk of the bug spreading into the wider community is too great.

Relatives of patients on Murphy ward have been told about the decision and individual enquiries for visits will be considered depending on the circumstances of the patient (relatives will have the risks explained to them). Please ring the ward between 1.30 – 2.30pm on 01246 512339 for all enquiries.

There are currently three other wards affected by Norovirus, none of which are closed to visitors. However, visitors are asked to maintain good hand hygiene – using the wash stations and hand gels on arrival, during their visit and when leaving. A maximum of two visitors per bedside is permitted.

A spokesperson for the Royal said: “The trust would like to take this opportunity to thank all visitors for this vigilance – which has helped us to reduce the spread and number of Norovirus cases across the rest of the hospital.”