Visitor restrictions at York Hospital have been relaxed after progress in the battle to defeat the norovirus outbreak.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust eased the limits it imposed at the end of January.

This was only the second time that the hospital had enforced restricted visiting, a measure which was introduced in a bid to contain the virus and protect patients and staff.


Visiting restrictions have been eased on all wards, with the exception of Ward 35 which remains closed.

Until restrictions are lifted in full hospital bosses ask

  • Only two visitors per patient
  • Please do not sit on beds
  • Wash hands with soap and water when entering and leaving the ward
  • Do not bring young children to visit
  • If you have been unwell do not visit until you have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.

Most wards reopened

Photograph: York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust / Facebook
Beverley Geary, Chief Nurse at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

  • We would like to thank our staff, patients and visitors for their patience and understanding during the last few days.

    Most wards at York Hospital have now reopened and we are in a position where we are able to ease some of the visiting restrictions.

    We would however continue to urge visitors to play their part in helping to stop the spread of norovirus.

She said most people recover within one or two days from norovirus. But if symptoms persist (more than 48 hours), the advice is not to come to A&E but to phone your GP or contact NHS 111.

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