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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Update Statement on Diarrhoea and Vomiting

December 21, 2007 4:40 PM

Two wards at the Southern General Hospital and one ward at the Victoria Infirmary have reopened to new admissions because there have been no new cases of the virus within the past 48-hours.
Two wards remain temporarily closed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, two wards remain temporarily closed at the Southern General Hospital and five wards at the Victoria Infirmary have also temporarily suspended admissions.
Each of the hospitals are being closely monitored.   Ward staff and infection control teams have put additional measures in place to limit the spread of this particular infection.
It must be stressed however that all NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals continue to admit patients in other areas, including emergencies.
However, because this type of infection is common in the community, we also have to rely on visitors and others for help too.
Tom Walsh, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Infection Control Manager, said: “We continue to monitor this fluctuating situation closely and are doing all that we can to prevent the further spread of the virus.”
To further help our efforts to alleviate the current situation we are therefore restricting the number of patient visitors to two per visit in certain wards at both the Southern General and Victoria Infirmary.
We are also reminding visitors of the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises and ask anyone who has experienced any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting within the last forty-eight hours not to visit the hospital.
ENDS
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.

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