NHS Dumfries and Galloway say they are implementing full and robust outbreak control measures as a result of suspected norovirus or "winter vomiting bug" at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
Following a meeting this morning, the wards currently affected are listed below:
Ward 9 - remains closed to new admissions and transfers
Ward 12 - will re-open for normal service this afternoon( December 12th)
Ward 18 - is anticipated to re-open for normal service tomorrowafternoon( December 13th)
Ward 14 - Closed to new admissions and transfers
Currently a total of 48 patients and 27 staff have been affected since the outbreak began last week.
The advice to members of the public wishing to visit the closed wards is as follows:
Routine visiting to the three closed wards( 9,12, and18) is suspended and members of the public seeking to visit relatives and friends in hospital are advised not to travel whilst the outbreakmeasures are ongoing.
"It is apparent that as we are firmly in the winter period, the "winter vomiting bug" is being experienced throughout Dumfries and Galloway and is affecting members of the public and patients living in the community.
"The current outbreak reflects very much what is being experienced elsewhere in the area.
"We cannot emphasise enough how much the support of the general public in maintaining good hygiene practice and in complying with the restrictions in place is appreciated by NHS Dumfries and Galloway."
– Dr Martin Connor, Consultant Microbiologist and Lead Infection Control Doctor
Five wards at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary remain closed because of an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug. Hospital authorites have warned that the wards are closed to all visitors whilst the situation is dealt with.
The Outbreak Control team is now monitoring the situation. Anyone displaying the symptoms of the bug is asked NOT to go to the hospital, and contact their GP instead.