Hospital gastro outbreak 'no need for concern'
Health officials are trying to contain a gastroenteritis outbreak that is affecting patients at the Canberra Hospital.
ACT Health is not saying exactly how many patients are sick with norovirus at the hospital.
It has closed one ward to admissions and is also dealing with cases in other wards.
The virus is highly contagious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea.
A spokeswoman says most of the affected patients are stable and none are in intensive care.
Health Minister Katy Gallagher says there is no need for concern.
"The hospital is operating. We've got as many beds open as we can have this time of year," she said.
"It is very busy at the hospital and all efforts are being put in place to manage the spread or the risk of this spreading.
"Nursing staff and infection control staff are very good at handling these situations."
ACT Health has put signs in the affected areas and is urging hospital visitors to wash their hands when entering and leaving wards.