Building work is set to get underway on a new £270 million hospital in Dumfries today.
The new Dumfries and Galloway District General Hospital, which is planned to open at the beginning of 2018, is being built near the Garroch roundabout on the outskirts of the town.
It will replace the current Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
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.”
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."
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”