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Norovirus: unnecessary visitors asked to avoid Borders General Hospital

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Borders General Hospital has asked the public to avoid visiting this weekend"unless absolutely necessary" following an outbreak of norovirus.

The Department of Medicine for the Elderly at the hospital is currently closed to admissions and two bays in Ward 4 are also closed.

In addition, two bays at Haylodge Hospital in Peebles have been closed due to patients experiencing symptoms of the winter vomiting bug.

If visiting this weekend is absolutely necessary, staff have warned that visits should be limited to two visitors per patient at any one time and that visits with children are being actively discouraged.

In order to safeguard vulnerable patients and enable us to limit the spread of this highly infectious virus, members of the public are being asked not to visit relatives and friends at the BGH this weekend unless absolutely necessary.

“The hospital can be very busy at the weekends with visitors. In order to control the spread of Norovirus we urge the public to comply with our request and to stay away from the hospital.

"The D&V illness is usually over within 48 hrs, but is highly infectious, which is why NHS Borders needs to limit the number of people moving in and out of the hospital.

"The last time we issued a request of this nature the co-operation from the public was incredibly helpful, and we would be most grateful once again for people to take our advice and please stay away.”

– Evelyn Rodger, NHS Borders Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Norovirus closes parts of Borders General Hospital

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The Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) at the Borders General Hospital is currently closed to admissions due norovirus.

One bay in Ward 4 has also been also closed.

Visiting the DME is strongly discouraged at this time, and the general advice is to stay away from any hospital ward if you, or anyone in your family, has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours

It is vital to protect yourselves and your loved ones from catching this unpleasant virus. Patients, visitors and staff can help minimise the spread by complying with instructions given by staff and paying attention to the signs at the entrances to the hospital and wards.”

– Dr Tim Patterson, NHS Borders’ Consultant in Public Health Medicine

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UPDATE: all wards reopen at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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All wards are now open and functioning normally at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary following an outbreak of norovirus.

Fifty-eight people in total were affected by the "winter vomiting bug", with both staff and patients falling ill.

The hospital have thanked both the public and staff for their help throughout the outbreak.

"I would like to thank all our staff and visitors for their continued cooperation and support during the outbreak. I would particularly like to thank Nursing and Domestic staff for working flexibly to allow the service to get back to normal as quickly as possible”

“As always we would urge anyone experiencing symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea or anyone who has had contact with someone with the symptoms not to visit any hospital setting for at least 72 hours.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

UPDATE: One ward remains closed due to Norovirus

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Ward 14 is now the only ward closed due to an on-going norovirus outbreak at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Ward 10 re-opened yesterday, after closing last week.

A total of 46 patients and 12 staff members have presented across the hospital with symptoms consistent with Norovirus since 28 March 2015.

Some patients are suffering a relapse of symptoms after the 48 hour symptom free period.

This is an unpleasant virus which is circulating in the community and is spread easier wherever people are together.

In this outbreak vomiting is more of a feature and this makes it much more easy to transmit which is why we are seeing higher numbers affected in hospital.

We regret having to take such measures as restricting visiting, particularly over a holiday period, but thank the public and our staff for their continued support and patience as we endeavour to minimise the impact of this horrible bug.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

UPDATE: two wards remain closed due to norovirus.

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Two wards are closed and full control measures continue to be implemented at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary due to an ongoing outbreak of norovirus.

Wards 10 and 14 remain closed to admissions, transfers and routine visiting after ward 14 closed yesterday. Ward 9 and 12 have both reopened.

The total number of patients experiencing symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea is 44, and there have been 11 reported cases in staff.

All members of the public who plan to visit other areas of the hospital are asked not to if they have symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea, and to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place.

UPDATE: third ward closes with norovirus

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A third ward has now closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary following an outbreak of norovirus.

Ward 12 joins ward 9 and 10 in being closed to admissions transfers and all three are likely to remain closed over the bank holiday weekend.

The total number of patients experiencing symptoms of norovirus over all wards has risen to thirty, and a further five staff have now reported symptoms, bringing the total affected to ten.

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UPDATE: further ward closures as norovirus outbreak at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary spreads

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Ward 10 has now also been closed in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary as a norovirus outbreak continues. It joins ward 9, which was closed at the weekend.

The total number of patients experiencing sickness and diarrhoea, symptoms of the 'winter vomiting bug', over all wards has risen to 28.

And while no staff were originally affected, there are now four members with reported symptoms.

Outbreak control measures continue to be implemented throughout the hospital.

“Our priority is always patient, public and staff safety. We appreciate that this temporary visiting restriction to Wards 9 and 10 may cause some frustration, but this measure will allow us to help prevent further spread of the infection and ensure safe patient care and dignity, at this difficult time.”

“Where circumstances are such that relatives are concerned about the need to visit their loved ones in Wards 9 & 10, they are asked to contact the ward before coming to the hospital.

All members of the public who plan to visit other areas of the hospital are asked not to visit if they are suffering symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea, and to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place.”

– Dr Martin Connor, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor

UPDATE: ward 9 still closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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NHS Dumfries and Galloway has announced that there have been no new cases of norovirus at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary today.

But it says Ward 9 remains closed with routine visiting still suspended, as it attempts to control the infection.

“There have been no new cases of Norovirus infection reported at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary today. Infection Control measures remain enhanced, and staff are asked to remain vigilant to the possibility of further cases developing on other wards or being admitted directly into hospital from the community.”

“Ward 9 remains closed to admissions and transfers, and routine visiting to this ward has been temporarily suspended.”

– Spokesperson, NHS Dumfries & Galloway said: “There have been no new cases of Norovirus

Ward closed following Norovirus outbreak at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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NHS Dumfries and Galloway has confirmed a norovirus outbreak at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Ward 9 closed over the weekend and remains closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting due to the outbreak, which has affected 11 patients so far. There have been no confirmed cases amongst staff.

Advice to members of the public wishing to visit the closed ward is as follows:

  • Routine visiting to Ward 9 is suspended. To avoid potential for further spread members of the public seeking to visit relatives and friends in this ward are advised not to travel whilst outbreak measures are ongoing.
  • If relatives are concerned about their loved ones, they should contact the ward for advice before coming to the hospital.
  • Members of the public visiting other areas of the hospital are asked to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place by using the gel dispensers located around the hospital or thorough hand-washing.
  • If you have experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting please allow a minimum of 48 hours since your last symptom before visiting the hospital.

“We can confirm that Norovirus is circulating in the community. This is an unpleasant bug and a person remains infectious for around 48 hours after their last symptoms. Staying away until fully recovered, hand hygiene with soap and water and cleaning using bleach are our best weapons to stop the spread of infection.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

UPDATE: all non-urgent operations postponed; non-essential visitors asked to stay away

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The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has released an update regarding the norovirus outbreak at the Cumberland Infirmary.

All non-urgent operations have been postponed this week.

The trust has also issued a further appeal for all visitors to stay at home if they, or a member of their family, has had vomiting, diarrhoea, or 'flu-like' symptoms in the last two days.

All non-essential visitors are asked to stay away from the hospital, and visitors are limited to two per bed and next of kin only.

According to the Trust, the number of patients affected by the virus remains high and it is continuing to circulate widely in the community.

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