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Visitor ban lifted at Cumbrian hospital

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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

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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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Bug shuts Dumfries hospital ward

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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

Norovirus outbreak confirmed at Dearham School

There is a confirmed outbreak of norovirus at Dearham Primary School.

Public Health England are investigating the outbreak.

We have spoken to the school about this sickness outbreak and can confirm that all suitable measures to stop the spread of infection have been implemented by the school. Diarrhoea and vomiting illnesses can easily spread from one person to another, particularly in places like schools where people are in close contact with each other for much of the day. Anyone who becomes ill should stay away from school until they have been free from symptoms for a full 48 hours."

– Cumbria County Council spokesperson

Symptoms consistent with Norovirus close ward at Dumfries and Galloway hospital

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A ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary closed this afternoon due to a suspected outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Admissions, transfers and routine visiting to ward 16 were suspended as a precautionary measure.

6 patients have been affected with what medics have called symptoms clinically consistent with Norovirus. An outbreak control team will review the situation in the morning.

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Kelso hospital re-opens to new inpatients

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The inpatient ward at Kelso Hospital has re-opened following recent cases of confirmed norovirus at the end of November.

The hospital is urging visitors to pay attention to prevention notices throughout the ward and to comply with medical staff.

Although the Borders General Hospital and our Community Hospitals currently have no ward closures this can change very quickly. In order to safeguard vulnerable patients and enable us to limit the spread of this highly infectious virus, we continue to ask members of the public to carefully consider their visits to the hospital, and that anyone who has experienced diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms in the past 48 hours does not visit the hospital."

– Evelyn Rodger, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Acute services

Borders hospital ward remains shut by norovirus

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Ward Four at the Borders General Hospital remains shut, because of a norovirus outbreak.

NHS Borders says the situation is being managed by its Infection Prevention and Control Team, with support from frontline colleagues.

I would like to thank the public for their co-operation in limiting visits to the hospital whilst norovirus is present.

Over the weekend visitors to Ward 4 remain strongly discouraged, 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.”

– Evelyn Rodger, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Acute Services

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. However it doesn’t just occur in hospitals, and can start abruptly and spread quickly through communities.

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 Ed James, Consultant Microbiologist

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

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
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