A HOSPITAL ward on the Isle of Wight has been closed today (Monday) due to a suspected norovirus outbreak.
Bosses at St Mary's Hospital took the decision to close Colwell Ward following reports of vomiting and diarrhoea during the past 24 hours.
An Isle of Wight NHS Trust spokesman said the bug was usually brought into hospital by unwell patients or visitors.
The closure will be reviewed in the next 48 hours.
Outpatient appointments and clinics are not affected and patients should attend as normal.
However, anyone planning to visit Colwell Ward should only do so if it is essential and all visits will be at the discretion of ward staff.
Children and elderly or vulnerable adults, such as those with long term health conditions, should not visit.