People suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are being urged not to visit family and friends in hospital due to a rise in norovirus in the community.
The virus has been particularly prevalent across the whole of Scotland over the last few weeks which has resulted in an increased incidence in some of our wards.
Four wards at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) are currently not accepting new patients as a result of the increased incidence of the virus.
None of the patients are giving any cause for concern due to norovirus.
Wards with patients showing symptoms do not admit new patients as a precautionary measure and the ward is closely monitored with strict infection control measures in place.
The management of these ward closures is fully in line with national infection control protocols.
Dr Huma Changez, Consultant Microbiologist/Infection Control Doctor, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “It’s important that any visitors who have experienced any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting do not visit hospitals.
“I’d also urge hospital visitors to remember the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.
“The virus typically has a sudden onset and can spread quickly. Most people will recover from the virus within 24 or 48 hours. However, when people are very ill for other reasons, it can be more difficult for them to cope with diarrhoea and vomiting.”
People can help limit the spread of the virus by a few simple steps: