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Three wards at RAH not admitting new patients due to norovirus

Friday, October 21, 2016

Three wards – wards 3, 5 and 7 - at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) continue to not accept new patients as a result of the increased incidence of norovirus.

None of the patients are giving any cause for concern due to the virus. 

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 Theresa Inkster, lead infection control doctor/consultant microbiologist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “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. 

“I’d urge hospital visitors to remember the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises when visiting ill relatives or friends in the hospital.”

People can help limit the spread of the virus by a few simple steps:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.
  • Do not share towels and flannels.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
  • Wash any clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated with the virus. Wash the items separately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.
  • Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet and keep the surrounding toilet area clean.
  • Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce.

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