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Stomach bug closes hospital ward

PUBLISHED: 13:31 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 October 2010

AN ELDERLY patients' ward at the Royal London has been closed following the outbreak of a stomach bug.

AN ELDERLY patients' ward at the Royal London has been closed following the outbreak of a stomach bug.

The Wellington Ward at the hospital in Whitechapel has been closed to new admissions since Wednesday afternoon after five patients were discovered to be suffering from diarrhoea.

Bosses at Barts and the London Trust, which runs the hospital, are denying that it is linked with the superbug C. Diff, which causes diarrhoea and is particularly common among the elderly.

A hospital spokesman said: "This is a standard precautionary infection control measure to prevent cross infection if the cause of the diarrhoea is shown to be infectious.

"All affected patients are being closely monitored by ward and clinical staff and an investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the diarrhoea.

"The ward will be reopened as soon as the cause of the diarrhoea is identified and the infection control team are certain that there are no risks to other patients.

"At present, there is nothing to suggest a C-diff outbreak is causing the diarrhoea.


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