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Final ward re-opens at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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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

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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

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Ward 12 remains closed at DGRI due to norovirus

Wards 12 at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary remains closed due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

A total of 23 patients and three members of staff have reported symptoms of the infection.

Ward 18 had also been closed, but has now re-opened.

“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.”

– Dr Martin Connor Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control, DGRI

Norovirus affects 28 people at DGRI

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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

Norovirus closes two wards at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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Wards 12 and 18 at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary are currently closed due to confirmed Norovirus outbreak.

A total of nineteen patients and three members of staff have been affected since Friday 1 May.

It's believed the "winter vomiting bug" is circulating throughout Dumfries and Galloway at the moment.

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

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

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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

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.

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