One hospital ward re-opens after bug outbreak

One of the wards affected by the stomach bug outbreak at Noble's Hospital has partially re-opened.

Ward 8 is taking some new admission, but Ward 5 is still closed after patients there were affected by vomiting and diarrhoea.

Patients scheduled for elective surgery on Monday will be contacted tomorrow to confirm whether or not their operations can go ahead.

Both wards are still restricted to only essential visitors, while anyone who has had symptoms of the bug in the previous three days is asked to stay away.

The Department of Health and Social Care admits the ward closures have put significant pressure on the number of beds available at the hospital.