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SOUTH GLASGOW UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST WINTER VOMITTING UPDATE

March 11, 2004 2:57 PM

Five wards at the Victoria Infirmary and three wards at the Mansionhouse Unit are today closed to new admissions due to the Winter Vomiting Virus.  30 patients are today showing symptoms.  None are giving cause for concern.

One ward at the Victoria Infirmary was closed to new admissions on Saturday 28 February 2004.  Two wards were closed to new admissions on 4 March 2004.  Two further wards were closed to new admissions on 5 March 2004.  Two wards were closed to new admission on 8 March 2004.  One of the previously closed wards reopened to new admissions on 8 March 2004 and a second ward re-opened to new admissions on 9 March 2004.

Three wards at the Mansionhouse Unit were closed to new admissions on 8 March 2004.

Wards are closed as a precautionary measure when 3 or more patients display symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.  The normal extra infection control precautions have been put in place.

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For further information contact Gavin Barclay, Head of Administration, 0141 201 1257

Note to Editors

Winter Vomiting Virus is usually a self limiting illness with symptoms lasting from 24 – 48 hours.  The virus spreads easily through the air both in hospital and in the home.  Cases have been reported in the community at large and it is natural that some of these will be admitted to hospital.

The Mansionhouse Unit is a 220 bed hospital which provides assessment, rehabilitation and continuing care, mainly for elderly people.

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