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Norovirus outbreak forced trusts to close almost 75,000 hospital beds

Date: Mon 19th March 2018

THE scale of the norovirus outbreak this winter forced trusts to close almost 75,000 hospital beds, new analysis shows.

Closures stood at a five year high with 5,722 beds closed each week on average.

On the single worst-affected day more than 1,200 had to be taken out of service, equivalent to around two entire hospitals being closed, according to research by the Royal College of Nursing highlighting the seismic impact of the bug.

Norovirus is a highly contagious infection producing symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea.

It is often brought into hospitals by patients who have picked up the infection in schools, homes and care homes.

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