Five wards at the Victoria Infirmary are today closed to new admissions due to the Winter Vomiting Virus. 15 patients are today showing symptoms. None are giving cause for concern.
One ward at the Victoria Infirmary was closed to new admissions on Saturday 28 February 2004. Two wards were closed to new admissions yesterday. Two further wards were closed to new admissions today.
The normal extra infection control precautions have been put in place.
Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow said "Wards have been closed as a precautionary measure. Staff in the hospital have put in place all the relevant control measures to limit the spread of the illness. We are working with the hospital team to monitor the situation".
For further information contact:
Head of Administration
0141 201 1257
5 March 2004
Wards are closed as a precautionary measure when 3 or more patients display symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.
Winter Vomiting Virus is usually a self limiting illness with symptoms lasting from 24 – 48 hours. The virus spreads easily through the air both in hospital and in the home. Cases have been reported in the community at large and it is natural that some of these will be admitted to hospital.