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Statement on Diarrhoea and Vomiting

January 05, 2008 2:41 PM

Fourteen out of more than 300 acute wards across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are temporarily closed to new admissions as a result of the diarrhoea and vomiting virus. This affects seven out of our 25 acute hospitals.

Existing patients within the affected wards continue to be treated, and all other wards and departments are operating as normal.

Five wards at the Victoria Infirmary have suspended new admissions, and the same situation exists at two wards at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, the Vale of Leven Hospital in Dumbarton and at Gartnavel General Hospital.

One ward is currently closed to new admissions at the Southern General and Western Infirmary in Glasgow, together with a mental health ward at The Orchards on the former Ruchill Hospital site.

Tom Walsh, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Infection Control Manager, said: “We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are doing all that we can to further prevent the spread of this infection.

“It is important to remember that this virus is extremely common in the wider community and therefore we would like to remind hospital visitors of the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.

“We would also ask anyone who has experienced any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting within the last forty-eight hours not to visit any of our hospitals.”

ENDS


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

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