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New £212m Dumfries hospital is named

The Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Credit: ITV Border

The name of the new £212 million hospital in Dumfries has been confirmed, and is the same as that of the old hospital.

It will be called the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, now that permission to transfer the name has been confirmed by the Royal Naming Team.

The hospital is due to be handed over to NHS Dumfries and Galloway in September 2017, and is expected to open to the public by the end of that year.

Bug shuts Dumfries hospital ward

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

A ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has been closed to new admissions and visitors following a sickness and diarrhoea outbreak.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has shut ward 16 after patients experienced symptoms consistent with Norovirus.

The hospital says it's continually monitoring the situation and has put outbreak control measures in place.

“Our priority is always patient, public and staff safety. We appreciate that this temporary visiting restriction to Ward 16 may cause some frustration, this measure will allow us to help prevent further spread of the infection and ensure safe patient care.”

"Where circumstances are such that relatives are concerned about the need to visit their loved ones in Ward 16, they are asked to contact the ward before coming to the hospital.

"We cannot stress enough how important it is to wait 48 hours after experiencing any symptoms of nausea, diarrhoea or vomiting before visiting patients in 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.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager, DGRI


Final ward re-opens at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Ward 12 at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has re-opened today, after it was closed due to an outbreak of norovirus.

It's the final ward at the hospital to re-open for admissions, transfers and routine visits, and had been shut since Friday 1 May.

I’d like to thank patients and the public once again for their continued support and cooperation during period where patients and staff have been affected by Norovirus which is circulating in the community.

Thanks to the vigilance and hard work of staff across the hospital it has been possible to bring this episode to a close swiftly and I am pleased to say that hospital is functioning normally again.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary: norovirus update

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Ward 12 at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary remains shut, due to a continuing norovirus outbreak.

Full outbreak control measures are still being taken at the hospital, though no new patients have reported the symptoms of the virus.

There are a number of viruses involving sickness and diarrhoea circulating within the community. Anyone who has experienced the virus are advised to remain at home for at least 48 hours following their last symptom as per NHS Scotland advice.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank patients, visitors and staff for their ongoing support and understanding in helping to confine the spread of the infection."

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

Norovirus affects 28 people at DGRI

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV News Border

A total of 25 patients and three staff have now been affected by norovirus at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Two wards at the hospital, 12 and 18, have been closed since Friday due to the infection.

Ward 18 is expected to open later today, following appropriate terminal cleaning.

"The Infection Control Team continues to monitor the situation, and visitor restrictions are in place on the affected wards.

"Members of the public who have symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea are asked not to visit the hospital until 48 hours after symptoms have cleared.”

– Spokesperson, DGRI
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