Visitors are being turned away from a ward at Walsall Manor Hospital due to a highly contagious stomach virus.
Ward 15 has been closed to the public today (Monday, May 13) while healthcare professionals tackle the Norovirus outbreak.
The temporary visitor restriction has been imposed to keep patients safe and prevent further spread of the virus.
The Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust team tweeted: “Ward 15 at the Manor Hospital is currently closed to visitors due to norovirus.
“Please call the Nurse In Charge on the ward if you have any concerns.
A spokeswoman for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust , added: “A temporary visitor restriction is necessary on this ward to protect patients, their families and carers and trust staff.
“All other ward areas, including the emergency department, are open as usual however please do not visit our hospital if you have had sickness and diarrhoea in the last 48 hours as stomach bugs spread quickly and we want to protect our vulnerable patients.”
The spokeswoman added it is likely to be closed for the rest of the day and until the virus is safely contained.
Relatives and friends of patients who are critically ill or receiving end of life care have been asked to contact the nurse in charge on 01922 721172, using extension 6731, so arrangements can be made for visiting at this time.