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Virus closes wards

FOUR wards at the Northern General Hospital were closed to new admissions following outbreaks of the highly contagious winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

A spokeswoman said: “It’s quite usual for this time of year. We have got three wards affected, but even if it’s just two or three people, then we will close the ward to new admissions.

“We are not saying visitors can’t come, but we are saying don’t visit unless you have absolutely got to and also not to visit if you have been ill in the last 72 hours.”

Although most people make a full recovery within one or two days, the virus can make hospital patients weak and dehydrated and, in some cases, interfere with the effectiveness of their medicines.

Top climber at 13

HIGH Storrs student Ella Kirkpatrick has climbed into the record books at the age of 13.

Following in the footsteps of her father, mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick, she became the youngest female to climb the 900-metre El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California. Father and daughter took part in the four-day climb with three other team members, followed by camera crews from BBC’s children’s TV channel, CBBC.

Ella, of Nether Edge, said: “You spend your day nose-to-nose with the rock so you’re not even thinking you’re high up.”

Peak into Iron Age

CONSTRUCTION of an Iron Age Roundhouse in a project led by the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology has begun in the Peak District.

A place to learn about Iron Age life, it will be built in the Nightingale Centre in Great Hucklow, which was founded as a convalescent home for WWI injured servicemen, and is now a not-for-profit charity holiday centre for under-privileged children.

Local groups, schools and villagers will place time capsules in the foundations on Sunday.

Victorian market back

FIFTY stalls are lined up for the Victorian Christmas Market which returns to Kelham Island Industrial Museum on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 December. Last year’s event attracted 16,000 people.