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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Statement on Diarrhoea and Vomiting

February 02, 2011 4:16 PM

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

Four of the wards affected are medical wards and the other is Rehabilitation and Assessment. Across the wards a total of 25 patients and five members of staff are currently showing symptoms although none are giving cause for concern as a result of the diarrhoea and vomiting.

Dr Sarah Whitehead, NHSGGC Lead Infection Control Doctor for the hospital, said: “Norovirus is particularly prevalent during the winter and it’s not unusual to see this type of infection in the community and also in healthcare settings.

“We will continue to monitor this situation closely and strict infection control measures are in place. To further prevent the spread of infection we are also restricting visiting to the affected wards to essential visits only.

“It is important to remember that this virus is extremely common in the wider community and therefore we are also urging any visitors who have experienced any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting within the last forty-eight hours not to visit the hospital. We would like to remind visitors of the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.”

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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