Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary have confirmed that all wards have now reopened following an outbreak of suspected norovirus.
All services are functioning normally at the hospital.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our staff and visitors for their continued cooperation and support during the outbreak of suspected norovirus over the past week.
“Staff in joint working with the infection control team are extremely alert to the symptoms of this contagious virus. The public can be reassured that we are not letting our guard down.
“A number of gastro-intestinal viruses are circulating within the community at this time and I would urge anyone with symptoms or who have had contact with anyone who may have had the virus, to stay away from hospital settings for a minimum of 48 hours following their last symptom.”
Two wards have been closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary due to a norovirus outbreak.
A total of 26 patients and 5 staff members have reported symptoms of the winter vomiting bug.
"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.”
– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager
The advice to public who want to visit the closed wards is:
Routine visiting to the closed wards is suspended meantime and 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.
Where circumstances are such that relatives are concerned about the need to visit their loved ones in the affected wards they 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.
The Royal College Of Physicians has responded to research done at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. The report says patients admitted to hospital on bank holidays are more likely to die than those admitted on other days.