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By Joseph Gartly
Dumfries and West
Bug closes hospital ward

A WARD has been closed to visitors at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after an outbreak of Norovirus.

Nausea and diarrhoea consistent with the illness also known as the Winter Vomiting Bug has prompted the precautionary measures at the Dumfries hospital.

Ward 10 is closed to new admissions and 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.
Infection control doctor and consultant microbiologist Dr Martin Connor explained that their priority is always patient, public and staff safety.

And yesterday he said: “There are a number of viruses involving sickness and diarrhoea circulating within the community.

“Anyone who has experienced the virus are advised to remain at home for at least 48 hours following their last symptom as per NHS Scotland advice.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank visitors and staff for their ongoing support and

understanding in helping to confine the spread of the infection.”

Relatives concerned about the need to visit people staying in the ward at this time, should contact the ward before going to the hospital.