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Norovirus 3 month outbreak a 'concern'

Concerns about a three month outbreak of a sickness bug at the Borders General Hospital have been raised in the Scottish Parliament.

Norovirus has lead to the closure of one ward and restrictions on another.

MSP Christine Grahame says it is taking too long to resolve the issue and raised the issue during First Minister's Questions. First Minister Alex Salmond said he would ask the Scottish Health Secretary to look into it.

Sickness bug strikes at Borders hospital

A ward at a hospital in the Scottish Borders is closed to admissions because of an outbreak of the winter sickness bug.

In addition to ward 12 being closed at Borders General Hospital, one bay in Ward 10 is also shut.

Health experts say the the Norovirus has been sweeping across Scotland recently.

Anyone who suspects they may have the symptoms, which include sickness and diarrhoea, is advised not to visit anyone at the hospital to prevent its spread.

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Norovirus ward to reopen at Borders General

Borders General hospital will reopen the ward closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug norovirus this evening.

Ward 10, the Department of Medicine for the Elderly, will once against be open to visitors.

Two bays in Ward 12 and one bay in Ward 4 remain closed due to norovirus symptoms.

"Visitors remain strongly discouraged at this time and the general advice is to stay away from the hospital if you or anyone in your family has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours.

"This advice applies especially to children. If you are visiting please limit numbers to two visitors per patient."

– Spokesperson for Borders General

Norovirus: All you need to know

Norovirus or ‘winter vomiting bug’ is one of the commonest causes of diarrhoea and vomiting illness.

The virus spreads through communities just like the flu does. It is very infectious and spreads quickly between people.

Symptoms include:

  • diarrhoea and/or vomiting lasting for 12-72 hours
  • headache
  • fever
  • muscle aches

You should avoid going to hospital or any other healthcare facility if you or other members of your family have had any symptoms in the past 48 hours.

Anyone can get the infection and it can be serious in the very young, frail or older people who are vulnerable to the effects of dehydration.

Treatment requires drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty rest so your body can fight the infection.

For more information about Norovirus visit the NHS website.

If you are worried about the virus, you should call NHS 24, your local health clinic or GP.

Wards remain closed due to Norovirus at Borders General Hospital

Ward 10 at the Borders General Hospital remains closed to admissions due to the confirmed presence of Norovirus.

In addition two sections of Ward 12 and one in Ward 4 are currently closed due to gastro-intestinal symptoms.

Visitors to Ward 10 are strongly discouraged and the general advice is to stay away from the hospital if you or anyone in your family has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours.

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Wards remain closed at Borders General

Ward 10 remains closed at Borders General Hospital due to an outbreak of the norovirus.

The Department of Medicine for the Elderly Ward 10 at the Borders General Hospital remains closed to admissions due to the confirmed presence of Norovirus.

In addition two bays in Ward 12 and one bay in Ward 4 are currently closed due to gastro-intestinal symptoms.

Friends and family of patients in all other wards are asked to limit their visits if possible.

Outpatient appointments are unaffected.

“Norovirus is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea and vomiting illness. It is very infectious and spreads quickly between people. This is why outbreaks happen in hospitals where a number of people are sharing facilities...

“If there are signs that staff or patients are developing symptoms of viral gastroenteritis, then rapid closure of the ward, or part of the ward, must be considered. Conditions for re-opening a ward or bay affected by diarrhoea and vomit normally include at least a 48 hour break in the development of new cases."

– Dr Ed James, Consultant Microbiologist with the NHS Borders Infection Prevention Control Team

Ward still closed at D&G Royal Infirmary

Ward 18 remains closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary due to the norovirus outbreak.

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

Routine visiting to Ward 18 remains suspended. 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.If you have experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting please allow at least 48 hours since your last symptom before visiting the hospital.

Ward 18 remains closed to admissions, transfers and routine visiting due to norovirus. The total number of patients experiencing symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea is now 17. There have been four reported cases of staff who have direct contact with the ward.

– Spokesperson, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Wards remain closed at Borders General

Ward 10 at the Borders General Hospital remains closed to admissions due to the presence of the Norovirus.

In addition one bay each on wards 5 and 12 are currently closed due to patients with symptoms of the winter vomiting bug.

Visitors to Ward 10 are strongly discouraged at this time and the general advice is to stay away from the hospital if you or anyone in your family has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours.

Norovirus closes more sections of the Borders General Hospital

Two more sections of wards at the Borders General Hospital (BGH) have been closed due to the 'winter vomiting bug'.

Ward ten at BGH was closed last week after norovirus was discovered. It has now also been found in a bay in both ward four and ward 12.

Visitors are still being strongly discouraged.

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