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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Update Statement On Diarrhoea and Vomiting

December 13, 2007 10:45 AM

Seven wards across two NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals are temporarily suspending the admission of any new patients, as a number of patients and staff are experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Thirty-eight patients and sixteen members of staff are symptomatic at the Southern General and thirty-five patients and twenty-five members of staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. None is giving any cause for concern as a result of the infection.

Tom Walsh, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Infection Control Manager, said: "Staff at the hospitals have implemented very thorough control measures to limit the spread of the infection. We are monitoring the situation closely and investigations are continuing.

"At this time of year it's not unusual to see this type of infection in the community and also in healthcare settings. Within a large health board area like NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde we serve a very large population base and account for around 30% of all NHS activity across Scotland.

"We also have to rely on visitors and others for help too. If you're otherwise healthy but have experienced 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 to wash their hands thoroughly when entering and leaving hospital premises."

A further update will be issued tomorrow.

ENDS

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.

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