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Norovirus outbreak forces ward closures

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Patients were turned away from nine wards at a hospital over the weekend after an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus, enforced the implementation of strict infection control measures.

Around 37 patients at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital are suffering symptoms of the norovirus infection, according to health officials.

The wards which were closed included three rehabilitation wards, four medical wards, one ward in which surgery is carried out and one treating older people with poor mental health. None of the affected wards are admitting new patients.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said strict infection-control measures are in place at the hospital.

Lead nurse at Inverclyde Debbie Hardie said: “We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are doing all that we can to further prevent the spread of this infection.

“We are also urging visitors to restrict the number of people around patients’ beds to only two, and anyone who has experienced diarrhoea or vomiting within the last 48 hours not to visit the hospital.

“It is important to remember that this virus is extremely common in the wider community and therefore we would like to remind hospital visitors of the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.”

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  • You can do better than that. Please do more actions than words.Strictly implement your infection control measure to prevent the spread of the bugs and always keep these measures working even not on winter season so that your hospital could minimise acquiring infection to a minimum.

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