Three wards at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) will remain closed over the weekend because of a number of cases of norovirus.

Wards 24, 27 and 28 at RSH have been fully closed after five cases of norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, were confirmed.

Unfortunately, visitors will not be allowed onto the affected wards unless there is a clinical need or if the patient is receiving end of life care. If you are in any doubt, please contact the ward before travelling.

Sara Biffen, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) which runs RSH and the Princess Royal in Telford, said: “Unfortunately, due to the number of symptomatic patients, it has been necessary for us to close three wards to new admissions.

“The wards will remain closed over the weekend and will be reviewed by our Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) team on Monday.

“We are taking all the actions we can to prevent any further spread, but we would also ask people visiting our hospitals to help us by only attending if it is absolutely necessary and, if you are coming to our hospitals, by washing your hands regularly.”

Norovirus, is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about two days. Find out how to treat yourself or your child here.

Dr Patricia O’Neill, Consultant Microbiologist and Director for Infection Prevention and Control at SaTH, added: “Please do not visit hospitals or care homes if you, or the people you live with, have had diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms in the last 48 hours.

“If you are unsure whether to visit, please feel free to contact the ward you intend to visit before you come into hospital.”