Norovirus count now hits 58

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has been forced to close four wards in the last fortnight following the outbreak of norovirus.

Ward 14 remains closed to admissions, transfers and routine visiting after closing on Monday while ward 9 reopened the same day; ward 12 reopened last Friday (3 April) and ward 10 reopened on Wednesday.

The total number of patients experiencing symptoms is 46. There have been 12 reported staff cases.

Dr Martin Connor, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor, said: “We appreciate that visiting restriction to wards 10 and 14 may cause some frustration, but this will allow us to help reduce 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 loved ones in these wards, they are asked to contact the ward before coming.

“About 50% of those exposed to norovirus will get sick. Stay at home at least 72 hours after symptoms stop.”