Norovirus hits infirmary again

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is continuing to keep ward 16 closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary due to a Norovirus outbreak (also known as the winter vomiting bug).

The hospital’s infection control team is continually monitoring the situation and has implemented full outbreak control measures and all appropriate infection control procedures have been put in place.

Ward 16 is now closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting. A total of 10 patients and 10 members of staff have symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea.

Dr Linsey Batchelor, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor, said: “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.

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.”