VISITING restrictions remain in place at the Royal Bolton Hospital to prevent the spread of the winter vomiting bug norovirus.

People are limited to one named visitor per patient and children remained banned.

The situation at the hospital has improved this week and on Tuesday a ban on visitors was lifted after 11 days. No wards are currently closed to new admissions at the hospital but four wards are still affected and staff are monitoring a number of areas for symptoms.

Named visitors can come and see patients according to each ward’s normal visiting times.

Anyone who has had recent symptoms of norovirus, typically diarrhoea and vomiting, or been in contact with someone else who has had symptoms, should not visit until 48 hours after recovering.

Cases where visitors feel there are exceptional circumstances can discuss them on an individual basis with senior ward staff.

The situation is being reviewed each day.