Virus hits Stranraer hospital

The Garrick Ward at the Galloway Community Hos­pital in Stranraer has been closed to admissions and transfers due to a total of 12 
patients and five staff presenting with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, clinically consistent with norovirus infection.

The ward is not formally closed to visitors and visitors are encouraged to observe the hand hygiene measures.

But anyone who suspects they may have any symptoms of norovirus – also known as the winter vomiting bug – is asked not to visit.

According to Dr Martin Connor, consultant micro­biologist who chairs the Outbreak Control meetings: “Norovirus is prevalent in 
our local communities and what we are seeing in our hospitals is a reflection of 
what is happening out there 
in the community and else­where in Scotland.

“Our staff are working hard to deal with the outbreak and its effects on our patients, and we are implementing all appropriate infection control procedures.”