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15 people hit by norovirus outbreak at new DGRI

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A ward at the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has been hit by an outbreak of norovirus, affecting nine patients and six staff.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway say the virus is contained in ward B2. As the ward consists of all single rooms, it remains open and running as normal.

The Infection Control Manager said:

As norovirus is so infectious, it is important that all measures are taken to prevent spread of infection and this includes staying away from vulnerable individuals if you have had diarrhoea or vomiting in the previous 48 hours.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager, NHS D&G



Norovirus closes West Cumberland Hospital ward

West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

A ward at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has been closed to visitors, after an outbreak of norovirus.

The virus is circulating on Ward 3a at the hospital, and a small number of patients have been affected.

All visitors are asked not to visit the ward, apart from end of life patients and patients for whom, at the discretion of ward staff, it is felt viewing is essential.

Anyone planning to visit other parts of West Cumberland Hospital, or the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, is asked to stay away if they or their family members have shown norovirus symptoms in the last two days.

These include diarrhoea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms.

Norovirus: Visitors urged to avoid hospital ward

The West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Visitors are urged to avoid ward 4b at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, due to an outbreak of norovirus.

A small number of patients at the hospital have been infected, and staff are working hard to contain the outbreak of the contagious virus.

All visitors are asked not to visit the ward - apart from end of life patients and those for whom, at the discretion of the ward staff, it is felt that visiting is essential.

Visitors are also asked to avoid coming to any part of the hospital, if they or their family members have had diarrhoea, vomiting or ‘flu-like’ symptoms in the last two days.

Visitor ban lifted at Cumbrian hospital

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

A temporary suspension for routine visitors to the Cumberland Infirmary has been lifted.

It applies to all parts of the hospital, with the exception of Beech A&B and Maple D wards.

The visitor ban was put in place last week after a Norovirus outbreak, and the NHS Trust in charge of the hospital says it's helped them to get the situation under control.

The Trust brought in these measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. The levels of norovirus have dropped significantly throughout the hospital due to restrictions and I would like to thank our patients and visitors for their co-operation.

We know that many visitors feel they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives, and understand how difficult this must have been. We didn’t take this decision lightly but the more people who pass through our hospitals, the greater risk of the virus spreading, affecting more vulnerable patients and hospital staff.

I would like to remind people if you have had norovirus yourself, please stay away until you have been symptom-free for at least two days.

– Clive Graham, director of infection prevention & control

Ward 14 at DGRI closed due to norovirus outbreak


An outbreak of norovirus has forced ward 14 to close at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The hospital's Infection Control Team say they're monitoring the situation and have implemented full outbreak control measures.

Annan Hospital has also been closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

Both have been closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

“Our priority is always patient, public and staff safety. We appreciate that this temporary visiting restriction to Ward 14 and Annan Hospital 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, they are asked to contact the ward before coming to the hospital.

"We are aware of a large number of reports of Norovirus within the community, and 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, and not to visit if they are feeling unwell themselves”.

– Dr Martin Connor, Consultant Microbiologist
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