27 Nov 2009

Norovirus confirmed at Whangarei Hospital

8:09 pm on 27 November 2009

The gastric illness that closed a ward at Whangarei Hospital last week has been identified as norovirus.

Ward 16 is now open again for new admissions but five patients are still affected.

Hospital medical advisor Dr Gloria Johnson says visitors are limited to two at a time per patient and must wash their hands.

She says anyone with stomach bug symptoms should stay away from patients if possible, or call ahead if they do need to visit.