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Strict restrictions are being imposed on visitors at hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside over fears of a norovirus outbreak.
The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has announced it's introducing partial restrictions across all of its sites from 9am on December 13 after a spike in cases of the serious vomiting bug in the area.
Conditions being imposed include a total ban on visiting under-12s and strict limits on visiting hours and numbers.
The ban will hit big sites like Hexham General Hospital, North Tyneside General Hospital the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.
Last year, the trust totally banned visitors at its nine hospitals after the contagious bug swept through wards.
An investigation found the outbreak had been caused by a visitor bringing shellfish, which can harbour norovirus, into a hospital.

Cramlington engineering firm Miller UK is drawing up expansion plans after securing new banking facilities with Barclays.
The company – which specialises in the manufacture of buckets and couplers for earth moving and ground breaking equipment – celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and is on the verge of launching new products which it says will be “game changing”.
It has secured funding from Barclays’ Northern Powerhouse Fund to take on new contracts and expand its product development.
Miller employs more than 150 people in Northumberland and also has a joint venture in China.
After a mixed few years, the company said recently that it is on track for a return to growth and increased profitability this year.
Chairman Keith Miller said: “This new funding will enable us to compete for further new contracts and also help us to develop new product lines for our customers both in the UK and overseas.

The cream of the region’s companies will go head to head at the North East Business Awards.
The Company of the Year trophy is the last – and most coveted – award to be given on the night 0f the grand final, and a host of firms from all manner of sectors have been recognised above their peers for outstanding performance.
Last year’s winner was Cramlington-based Merit Holdings Limited, which has seen rapid growth in the past three years.
The engineering and construction company boosted sales to £34m by 2017 – and forecasts for this year are expected to reach £50m.
Judges are now on the hunt for a successor and are looking for businesses that have that something special, are admired throughout the business community and from which other businesses can all learn.
The category has three sponsors: Bernicia, Tees Valley Combined Authority and MAKE it Sunderland.

Prime Minister Theresa May has told ChronicleLive readers that her Brexit deal delivers on the North East’s overwhelming “Leave” vote in the 2016 referendum.
She insisted there was no question of the UK staying in the EU after March 29 next year, if her deal is approved.
And she endorsed comments from one reader who said her Tory critics such as Jacob Rees-Mogg had failed to come up with any alternative plan for Brexit.
The Prime Minister said: “It’s nice to hear someone point this out. I do believe that my deal is the only credible plan on the table.
“It is easy to make suggestions from the sidelines but negotiating day in and day out is a different matter altogether.”
Mrs May was responding to questions provided by ChronicleLive readers as she faced a day of reckoning in the House of Commons.

They are the most inspirational and bravest people who make us proud to be from the North East.
And this is your chance to meet the winners of our Chronicle Champions Awards 2018.
These are our neighbours, our friends, our teachers, our children - and we celebrated them during a special ceremony at the Hilton in Gateshead on Wednesday.
Our champions include youngsters who have overcome remarkable adversity, tireless campaigners who have made our region a better place, emergency services heroes who have gone beyond the call of duty, and some truly courageous life savers.
And thanks to our sponsors - Blueline Taxis, The Banks Group, Hilton, Newcastle Building Society and TSG Marine - they were treated to the glitzy event overlooking the Tyne.
One of many highlights was the Champion Fundraiser winner, the Kerry family, who have been torn apart in the cruelest way imaginable - and in response, they started saving lives.

This is the first footage of a multi-vehicle crash on the A1 which left eight people injured.
The road was closed northbound between Alnwick and Denwick at 9.15am on Wednesday after a collision involving seven vehicles.
Our footage from the scene shows police cars blocked the road at the Alnwick north junction, forcing cars to take a diversion.
Recovery trucks, police officers and traffic officers can also be seen clearing the road before it was reopened.
A total of eight people were taken to hospital; four were taken to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care hospital in Cramlington, one was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and three were taken to the Alnwick Infirmary.
The collision happened during an ice weather warning in parts of Northumberland bringing a risk of hazardous road conditions.



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