Norovirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ward closures in each of the last five years were due to novovirus outbreaks.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The following table shows the number of suspected and laboratory confirmed norovirus outbreaks and ward/bay closures in hospitals reported to Public Health England from 2013-16.

Year

Total number of norovirus outbreaks

Number of laboratory confirmed norovirus outbreaks

Number of ward/bay closures*

2016

573

433

547

2015

662

436

617

2014

689

459

642

2013

881

593

810

*Note:

Not all outbreaks result in whole ward closures; some closures are restricted to bays only. The data on ward and bay closures are not available separately.

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