Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust hospitals are fighting a flu outbreak but say the fight against norovirus is going well.
The preemptive move came in the wake of a major norovirus outbreak last winter which saw the vomiting bug sweep through wards after a visitor brought shellfish - which is known to carry the virus - into a hospital.
While the hospitals haven't seen a re-run of last year's chaotic scene, two wards have had to be fully closed over flu fears.
Ward 5 at Wansbeck hospital and ward 15 at North Tyneside have been closed and patients and visitors have been warned the outbreak is likely to get worse.
Members of the public with any flu like symptoms are being asked to stay away from hospitals to safeguard patients.
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