Virus closes wards

A SERIOUS outbreak of the winter vomiting bug norovirus has hit Dumfries Infirmary once again.

At the time of going to press, 48 patients and 27 staff had been affected with several wards closed to new admissions.

From the start of the outbreak last week, seven wards were closed at various times but now two wards have been reopened.

Wards 9 and 14 remain closed to new admissions and transfers with ward 12 set to reopen for normal service on Wednesday. Ward 18 was anticipated to reopen for normal service yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

Visiting to these wards was suspended and anyone feeling out of sorts was asked to stay away from visiting open wards.

Dr Martin Connor, consultant microbiologist and lead infection control doctor, said: “It is apparent that as we are firmly in the winter period, the winter vomiting bug is being experienced throughout Dumfries and Galloway and is affecting members of the public and patients living in the community.

“The current outbreak ref­lects very much what is being experienced elsewhere in the area. We cannot emphasise strongly enough how much the support of the general public in maintaining good hygiene practice and in complying with the restrictions in place is appreciated by NHS Dumfries and Galloway.”