AN outbreak of the norovirus has closed a ward at Warwick Hospital

No visitors are allowed in Farries Ward until further notice, except on compassionate grounds.

A similar ban on visitors is in place at Feldon Ward at Leamington Hospital’s, which is also run by South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, also because of a norovirus outbreak.

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It’s also called the “winter vomiting bug” because it’s more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year.

Norovirus can be very unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days, according to www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Introduction.aspx