SAM past president warns norovirus spread a “great concern”

Following data released today by Public Health England and NHS England which shows hospitals across the country closed more than 1,100 beds over the last week due to norovirus, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “This is a great concern on top of a system already pushed to its limits.

“It is worrying for many reasons, one of which is that it is not a “minor” illness and can be fatal for some.

“For the system it closes beds and also slows discharges as you cannot discharge a patient from an affected ward to a care home.

”All in all the rise in norovirus and flu is going to be a severe challenge for a system already stressed to the max.”