Ward in lockdown as norovirus hits Infirmary again

Ward nine at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary was closed this week due to an outbreak of the ‘winter vomiting bug’, norovirus.

The ward was closed over the weekend and remains closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting due to the confirmed outbreak affecting 11 patients. There have been no confirmed cases amongst staff.

Advice to members of the public wishing to visit the closed ward was to stay away and contact the ward for details of relatives of concerned.

Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager, said: “We can confirm that norovirus is circulating in the community. This is an unpleasant bug and a person remains infectious for around 48 hours after their last symptoms.

“Staying away until fully recovered, hand hygiene with soap and water and cleaning using bleach are our best weapons to stop the spread of infection.”

Call the hospital on 01387 246246 for details.