A ward at Macclesfield Hospital has been closed to help prevent the spread of a sickness bug.
A diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V) virus is currently affecting a number of wards at the hospital.
Ward Four, a respiratory ward, has been closed in a bid to prevent the virus spreading.
And East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, is asking people with symptoms not to attend Accident and Emergency.
They are are being asked to use other other local facilities such as NHS Direct on 0845 46 47; their GP and local pharmacies, rather than attend the A&E.
Kath Senior, Director of Nursing, Performance and Quality states: “The hospital has had to take the preventative action of closing Ward four at Macclesfield District General Hospital due to an outbreak of Diarrhoea and Vomiting.
“The ward will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so in order to minimise further spread of the virus.
“The virus spreads really quickly and we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure we contain the spread to other areas of the
hospital for the protection of patients and staff.
“Thorough hand washing is particularly important. Please be vigilant if you are coming into hospital for any reason at all.