Norovirus history - Bournemouth timeline

  • Hundreds of pupils hit

    Norovirus raged through hundreds of pupils in both secondary and primary schools. Schools remained open as advised from Health Protection unit as pupils just as likely to be susceptible to infection at home.
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    Norovirus history - Bournemouth timeline

  • Norovirus runs its course in the gym

    Patients in stroke unit of Christchurch hospital were nursed in the gym as an isolation ward in a bid to protect other patients. Staff in the stroke unit were commended for their efforts to stop the virus spreading, despite all isolation units being used.
  • Hotel guests bug staff for explanation

    Weymouth's Royal Hotel left 30 guests ill and showing signs of norovirus with vomiting and diarrhoea. Health officials went to oversee a deep cleaning operation at the hotel after guests demanded answers to their ruined hotel stays.
  • Schools shut down for safety

    St Clement's School in Boscome and Queen's Park infants in East Way were both closed for three days each after a norovirus outbreak in both teachers and pupils.
  • Norovirus swept out Dorset hospitals

    Dorset County Hospital shut their orthopaedic ward after norovirus cases were confirmed. Poole hospital shut their eighth ward whilst four wards were closed at Royal Bournemouth hospital. Visitors were warned to avoid hospitals but no ban was implemented.
  • Middle school has over 100 absences

    Canford Health Middle School in Poole battled against norovirus as almost 100 pupils and 9 teaching and support staff displayed symptoms of norovirus. Staff advised parents to keep children at home if they felt at all unwell. The school had a deep clean and enforced new hand-washing guides.
  • Dorset County Hospital wards reject admissions

    Dorset County Hospital number of affected patients doubled from 10 to 20. Admissions to two wards are not being affected and both patients and visitors were warned to keep away from the hospital.
  • Visitors banned: Poole Hospital shuts down

    Poole Hospital forced to shut down and all visitors banned.