22/04/2004

Ulster Hospital hit by stomach bug

The Ulster Hospital in Dundonald is at crisis point because of a stomach bug outbreak, it was revealed today.

Around 140 patients and 85 staff have been hit by the strain of gastroenteritis which has also led to the cancelling of almost 60 operations.

Such is the outbreak that the Eastern Health Board has appealed to the general public to stay away from hospital.

However, other Belfast hospitals have also felt the affects of the outbreak. Belfast City Hospital has had to cancel all routine surgery until Friday.

The Eastern Health Board issued the appeal after a meeting on Wednesday involving representatives from all the hospitals and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

(MB)

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