Six wards still closed at hospital due to ‘bug’

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

Restrictions are still in place at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, where six wards have been closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

The hospital reports there are now fewer patients and staff with active symptoms, but it is not lifting restrictions yet to help protect patients, visitors and staff.

Anyone who wants to visit a friend or relative in the hospital should call the ward at Pilgrim via the main switchboard on 01205 364801 before visiting. The ward will then advise whether it is appropriate to come or not.

Dr Suneil Kapadia, medical director at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach bugs. The virus is easily transmitted from one person to another by contact with an infected person or through contaminated food or drink, or touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

“Our staff are doing a fantastic job in containing the outbreak.”