More Hospitals Struck By Suspected Norovirus Outbreaks

Further Reports Emerge Of Illnesses Across England

03.05.2012


Illness lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have revealed their concerns over further reports of hospitals in Cornwall, Bedfordshire and Suffolk being affected by suspected norovirus outbreaks.

Local reports have revealed that 12 patients have shown symptoms of the illness at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmonds, while six wards have apparently been closed at Bedford Hospital due to such problems.

In addition, suspected norovirus problems are believed to be affecting Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. People visiting patients at all of the sites have been advised in recent weeks to follow hygiene procedures in an effort to prevent the potential spread of the outbreak.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist illness team represent many people who have suffered long-term health problems as a result of outbreaks of norovirus and other similar bugs both in the UK and while travelling abroad.

Elizabeth Tetzner, a specialist in such cases at the firm’s Birmingham office, said:

“Through our work, we have seen first-hand how people can be left with severe, long-term health conditions due to illness outbreaks.

“Efforts have rightly been made to minimise the impact of the outbreaks in each of these cases, but it is also vital that lessons can be learned which will go some way to preventing further problems like this from emerging in the future.”