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15 people hit by norovirus outbreak at new DGRI

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A ward at the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has been hit by an outbreak of norovirus, affecting nine patients and six staff.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway say the virus is contained in ward B2. As the ward consists of all single rooms, it remains open and running as normal.

The Infection Control Manager said:

As norovirus is so infectious, it is important that all measures are taken to prevent spread of infection and this includes staying away from vulnerable individuals if you have had diarrhoea or vomiting in the previous 48 hours.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager, NHS D&G


Protest rally for Galloway Hospital

A rally is being held in Stranraer today in support of the Galloway Community Hospital.

Protesters will be gathering in Castle Square at noon.

The event will coincide with rallies in other rural parts of Scotland which aim to put pressure on the NHS in Scotland to maintain health services in smaller communities.

In July, one of the Galloway Community Hospital's two in-patient wards was closed for a week.

There has also been criticism of the lack of anaesthetic cover in the emergency department of the hospital over the summer.

Bosses put the problems at the hospital down to staffing issues.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway refused to comment on today's rally.


Protestors voice anger at Galloway Community Hospital meeting

Galloway Community Hospital meeting Credit: ITV Border

Protestors have gathered outside a meeting that was called to address concerns about Galloway Community Hospital.

The meeting took place at Stranraer Library, and was organised after local people raised concerns about a number of issues, including one of the hospital's two in-patient wards being closed for a week, earlier this month.

There has also been criticism of the lack of anaesthetic cover in the emergency department of the hospital.

Galloway Community Hospital meeting Credit: ITV Border
Galloway Community Hospital meeting Credit: ITV Border

NHS Dumfries & Galloway have been addressing people's concerns throughout the day at the meeting, and also in a statement online.

Cyber attack: NHS D&G 'responded well' with only two GPs affected

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A spokesperson for NHS Dumfries & Galloway has said the cyber attack "heightened awareness" on communication amongst staff.

Only two GP practices were affected by the 'ransomware' attack.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway have responded well to the recent Cyber Attack with only two GP Practice sites affected. It has been reported this morning that very limited patient services have been affected across the whole of Dumfries and Galloway with most Practices not affected at all.

All Hospital sites remains free of any attack. No patient data has been lost as a result of this attack.

Heightened awareness has been communicated to all Health staff and the IT department remain active, ensuring all our systems are fully protected.

– Spokesperson, NHS Dumfries and Galloway

NHS won't confirm permanent closure of Stranraer dementia unit

The town's Darataigh dementia unit remains closed, but for how long? Credit: ITV Border

Families in Stranraer are having to travel more than 70 miles to Dumfries to see their loved ones, after the town's Darataigh dementia unit closed.

They say they have been told the facility will be permanently shut.

But NHS Dumfries and Galloway bosses haven't confirmed that the closure is permanent, saying only that the boiler had broken down:

Three inpatients were relocated from Darataigh following a boiler failure.

We have been in contact with each of the families affected to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of the patients and their Carers and we are fully committed to continuing the dialogue with the families over the coming weeks and months.”

– Spokesperson for NHS Dumfries and Galloway
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