Ward closed at Stranraer hospital

THE Dalrymple Ward of Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer has been closed after three patients showed signs of having the norovirus bug.

The virus closed six wards at Dumfries Infirmary last week and now a apokesman for NHS Dumfries and Galloway confirmed: “The Outbreak Control Team is continuing to monitor the situation daily and infection control procedures and hygiene arrangements remain in force. Normal visting arrangements are in place but the public are still being asked to observe sensible precautions where appropriate to prevent potential further spread.

“The winter vomiting bug, which has in the past two weeks resulted in a number of hospital wards at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary being closed for admissions, transfers and public visiting, continues to be experienced throughout the community.

“Whilst the wards at DGRI are now open, there are still pockets of the sickness and diarrhoea affecting some wards and being experienced in other hospital locations throughout the region.

“For that reason it is important that members of the public or who have family members who may be suffering the effects of sickness and diarrhoea, do not visit patients in hospital unless it is absolutely necessary.”

The situation with norovirus can change rapidly and so, the public are asked to check first with the appropriate ward or individual cottage/community hospital if they are intending to visit and especially if they are travelling a distance.