Full infection control measures at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary continue to be implemented by NHS Dumfries and Galloway, with regard to the Norovirus or ‘vomiting bug’.
A total of 32 patients and 10 members of staff have reported symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, clinically consistent with Norovirus infection.
Ward 9 remains closed to new admissions and transfers and closed to routine visiting. Ward 7 is accepting admissions and transfers and is now open to routine visiting.
According to Infection Control Manager, Elaine Ross, Norovirus is currently circulating in our local communities and what we are seeing in our hospitals is a reflection of what is happening out there in the community and in hospitals elsewhere in Scotland.
“Our staff are working hard to deal with the outbreak and it hasn’t interrupted our service delivery, although there have been visiting restrictions. However we are not complacent and it is important that we all play our part in minimising the spread of the bug as far as we can through good hygiene and in adhering to the appropriate infection control measures,” Ms Ross said.
“We are aware that the virus exists in the community we stress the importance of not visiting if any member of the public or their families have or are showing symptoms of the illness. We are grateful for the patients and public’s understanding and cooperation during what can be a difficult and stressful situation.”
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