A winter bug has closed down a ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and Annan Hospital.
A spokesperson for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “An ongoing outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea resulting in the closure to admissions and transfers and suspension of visiting to Ward 16 at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and Annan Hospital.
“Ward 16 remains closed to new admissions, transfers and visiting restrictions are in place. A total of seven patients and 3three members of staff have reported symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting, clinically consistent with gastroenteritis infection.
“Annan Hospital is now closed to new admissions, transfers and visiting restrictions are in place. A total of five patients have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting, clinically consistent with viral gastroenteritis.
“Advice to members of the public wishing to visit the closed ward is as follows:
• Routine visiting to Ward 16 and Annan Hospital remain suspended. To avoid potential for further spread members of the public seeking to visit relatives and friends in this ward are advised not to travel whilst outbreak measures are ongoing.
• 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. by using the gel dispensers located around the hospital.
• 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 viral gastroenteritis is circulating in the community. We would urge anyone with suspected symptoms to stay at home for at least 48 hours following their last symptom, drink lots of fluid and pay particular attention to hand hygiene with soap and water.”