Kenwater ward and Wye ward at Hereford County Hospital have re-opened to visitors but Redbrook ward remains closed due to Norovirus.

The three wards were shut to visitors as a preventative measure to prevent the spread of diarrhoea and vomiting which has been affecting some patients.

Alison Johnson, consultant microbiologist at the Wye Valley Trust, said: “We still have one ward closure in place and experience has shown that restricting visiting can lessen the chance of spread to both patients and visitors and other areas of the hospital.

“These restrictions are in place to protect our patients, as part of a zero tolerance approach to healthcare associated infections.

“It is important that you do not attend appointments or visit hospital if you have diarrhoea and/or vomiting and until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.

There are some simple steps that the public can take to help stop a norovirus spreading:

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the toilet, and before preparing food. If you’re in an NHS facility pay attention to hand hygiene notices such as using hand gel upon entering and leaving a ward.

Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with a norovirus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.

Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet. You should also keep the surrounding toilet area clean and hygienic.

Wash any clothing, or linens, which could have become contaminated with a norovirus. Washing with hot, soapy water will help to ensure that the virus is killed.

Although people usually recover without treatment in 24 to 72 hours, it is important to stay away from work, school, college or any social gatherings until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.