Winter vomiting bug hits hospital and schools

DEWSBURY & District Hospital has restricted all general visiting due to the high number of cases of a vomiting virus in the community.  

Patients and families have been informed that visiting times are restricted to 3-4pm and 7-8pm only, with two visitors allowed per bed. 

No visits from siblings or children are currently permitted on children’s and maternity wards and children are also banned from visiting adult in-patient areas.

The restrictions will remain in place until further notice. 

It comes after outbreaks of the norovirus forced both St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy and Whitcliffe Mount School to close their doors this week. 

People who have experienced symptoms of the vomiting bug are advised to avoid visiting hospital for 48 hours, with the same advice offered to people who have been in contact with someone experiencing similar symptoms.

TWO North Kirklees high schools have been forced to close due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug. 

St John Fisher Catholic Volunary Academy, on Oxford Road, closed its doors on Wednesday and will remain closed today (Friday) to allow a deep clean of the premises to take place. 

A statement released on the school’s website stated the decision had to be taken “due to an extremely high number of cases amongst students and staff”. 

Whitcliffe Mount, in Cleckheaton, closed on Thursday and staff and pupils will remain at home today after an outbreak of the norovirus. 

A spokesperson for the school, on Turnsteads Avenue, said: “Due to an extremely high number of cases of the winter vomiting bug amongst students and staff, the school will be closed (Thursday - Friday) to allow a deep clean to be undertaken.” 

Both schools, which have around 1,200 pupils each, will re-open as normal on Monday December 16.

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