CHRISTMAS visitors to Torbay Hospital are being asked to stay away if they feel unwell.
Visitors are being told to ring the hospital if they feel unwell but are due in for outpatient appointments or surgery.
A spokesman for Torbay Hospital said: "Norovirus is very prevalent in the community this year so everyone should be taking sensible precautions to keep themselves, their family, and the wider community healthy and safe over the holiday period.
"If you are feeling unwell, or actually have diarrhoea or vomiting, please don't come into the hospital either as a patient or visitor for at least 48 hours after the last symptom has disappeared.
"The bug can cause significant problems within a hospital, and pose serious risks to those who are already unwell.
"If you become unwell whilst you are visiting, then please tell someone in charge.
"Also, if you are due to attend an outpatient appointment or have surgery then please ring the hospital and let them know."