Norovirus hits Infirmary

Norovirus has struck Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary, rendering ward 18 closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

A total of 13 patients and two members of the ward staff have reported symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, clinically consistent with Norovirus infection.

Advice to members of the public wishing to visit the closed ward is to avoid travelling to the hospital until the ward is given the all-clear.

An NHS spokespersons aid: “If relatives are concerned about their loved ones, they should contact the ward for advice before coming to the hospital.

Members of the public visiting other areas of the hospital are asked to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place and if you have experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting please allow at least 48 hours since your last symptom before visiting the hospital.”

Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager, said: “We can confirm that norovirus is circulating in the community. We would urge anyone with suspected symptoms to stay at home, drink lots of fluid and pay particular attention to hand hygiene with soap and water”