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NHSGGC Statement on Diarrhoea and Vomiting

March 26, 2009 12:11 PM

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Three wards at the Southern General Hospital are not admitting new patients due to an increased incidence of diarrhoea and vomiting (suspected to be the Norovirus).

Of the three wards affected, two are medical and one is surgical. Although new patients are not being admitted to the affected wards, the wards remain open and existing patients continue to be treated. Across the wards a total of seven patients are showing symptoms of the virus although none are giving cause for concern as a result of the diarrhoea and vomiting.

Tom Walsh, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Infection Control Manager said: “Strict infection control measures are in place to limit the spread of the illness. At this time of year it’s not at all unusual to see this type of virus in the community and also in healthcare settings.”

For more information about the Norovirus and how the public can help to prevent its spread in communities and in healthcare settings, log on to NHSGGC’s media centre (www.nhsggc.org.uk/mediacentre) to watch a short public health information interview with Dr Syed Ahmed, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Lead Public Health Consultant.

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For further information contact 0141 201 4429.

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