A second ward has closed to admissions at the Dumfries Infirmary over fears of an outbreak of norovirus at the hospital.
Seven patients and two NHS staff are now known to have been infected with the norovirus.
The hospital is asking people who are suffering the symptoms not to go to the infirmary, and infection control measures have been put in place to order to help tackle the outbreak.
There is a suspected outbreak of the norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, at the Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary.
Staff at the hospital have issued the following advice to members of the public wishing to visit the closed wards:
- Members of the public seeking to visit relatives and friends in hospital are advised not to travel whilst the outbreak measures are ongoing - to avoid the potential for further spread.
- People wishing to visit their loved ones in the affected wards are asked to contact the ward concerned before coming to the hospital
- All members of the public visiting other areas of the hospital are asked to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place.
Measures are being put in place at Dumfries Infirmary to combat a suspected outbreak of norovirus, also known as the Winter Vomiting Bug or Winter Flu.
Ward 14 is closed today, with no new admissions or ward transfers. The hospital has also closed the ward to visitors.
Five people, four of whom are patients and one staff member, have reported symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, commonly associated with norovirus.
The Hospital's Infection Control Team is closely monitoring the situation and say that staff are working hard to minimise the discomfort and distress for patients and to maintain services.
– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager
“We can confirm that norovirus is circulating in the community. We would urge anyone with suspected symptoms to stay at home, drink lots of fluid and follow basic hand hygiene advice.”