Bug shuts Dumfries hospital ward

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

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