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Winter vomiting bug cases are almost 60% higher than last year

Date: Thu 1st March 2018

Winter vomiting bug cases are almost 60% higher than last year, prompting a health chief to warn the surge is placing unsustainable pressure on hospitals

  • In the past week, 5,886 beds were occupied with people battling norovirus
  • This is compared to an occupancy of just 3,755 between 13 and 19 February 2017
  • Rising norovirus rates are leaving patients waiting on trolleys in corridors
  • Ambulances are also being forced to wait outside, which is 'not sustainable'
  • People can reduce their risk of infection by practicing good hand hygiene  

Cases of the winter vomiting bug are 56 per cent higher than this time last year, new figures reveal.

In the past week, 5,886 beds across NHS hospitals have been occupied by people suffering from norovirus or vomiting and diarrhoea, making an average daily occupancy rate of 841.


 


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