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NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE 5.00 PM STATEMENT ON DIARRHOEA AND VOMITING

December 14, 2007 5:59 PM

Two of the three wards at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley that had been temporarily closed to new admissions after some patients and staff reported symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting are today re-opening.
The situation is also improving at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, where one of the affected wards is expected to re-open this weekend and another on Monday. The two remaining affected wards are expected to re-open next week. None of those patients or staff affected at either of these hospitals has given any cause for concern as a result of the infection.
New admissions continue to be temporarily suspended at four wards at Stobhill Hospital, where a number of patients and staff also showed symptoms.
Three of these patients are said by clinical staff to be giving cause for concern. However this is believed to be primarily because of the serious underlying conditions that required them to be admitted to hospital.
Each of the hospitals affected has been closely monitoring the situation and has implemented very thorough control measures to limit the spread of the infection. All three hospitals have continued to admit patients in other areas, including emergencies.
Indeed, all of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's hospitals have already achieved the end of December target of admitting 98 per cent of all patients within four hours of arrival at A&E over the last three weeks.
Tom Walsh, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Infection Control Manager, said: "We've been keeping a very close eye on the situation and doing all we can to prevent any further spread of this infection.
"But this type of infection is very common in the community, and so we also have to rely on visitors and others for help too. The message remains a simple one - if you're healthy but have suffered any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting yourself within the last forty-eight hours, please don't visit anyone in hospital.
"We are also reminding visitors of the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises."
A further update will be issued on Monday.
ENDS
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.

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