Ward reopens following norovirus outbreak

Dumfries Infirmary - norovirus has now cleared.
Dumfries Infirmary - norovirus has now cleared.

Ward 16 is now open at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary following an outbreak of confirmed norovirus last week.

The NHS Dumfries and Galloway board’s infection control team today confirmed that the ward is now open to admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

Elaine Ross, infection control manager said: “We are pleased that ward 16 can now return to normal after this short closure. The virus has been contained in one ward this shows that our outbreak control measures are effective and have allowed the rest of the hospital to function normally. We are grateful to hospital staff and managers for their support with this approach and also to visitors for their understanding and cooperation at this time.

“As always, anyone entering the ward should comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place. We are aware that there continue to be cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community and would urge anyone experiencing symptoms or those who have had contact with someone with such symptoms not to visit any hospital setting for at least 48 hours.”