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UPDATE ON WINTER VOMITING IN GLASGOW

April 06, 2005 3:59 PM

Six wards at the Victoria Infirmary, one ward at the Mansionhouse Unit and one ward at Stobhill Hospital are not admitting new patients due to the winter vomiting virus. One ward at the Mansionhouse Unit has re-opened today.

Thirty patients are currently showing symptoms and there are no symptomatic staff in the hospitals.None are giving cause for concern.

Wards routinely do not admit new patients as a precautionary measure when three or more patients display symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.The normal extra infection control precautions have been put in place.

Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow, said"Infection control precautions include increasing the cleaning to twice daily and limiting staff movement between wards."

"We are continuing to working closely with the Hospital Infection Control Team to monitor the situation."

A further update will be given on Thursday, April 7th, 2005 at 5.00 p.m.

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