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Wards affected by sickness bug at Hairmyres Hospital

Hairmyres Hospital Image copyright NHS Lanarkshire
Image caption Strict infection control procedures have been introduced at the hospital in East Kilbride

Two wards have been closed at Hairmyres Hospital and restrictions placed on four others amid an outbreak of the norovirus vomiting and diarrhoea bug.

NHS Lanarkshire said a total of 63 patients and 28 staff had experienced symptoms at the East Kilbride hospital.

The health board said strict standard infection control precautions were in place and flexible visiting times had been temporarily suspended.

The hospital remains open to emergency admissions as normal.

Visitor advice

Susan Friel, chief of nursing services at Hairmyres Hospital, said: "No new patients are being admitted to wards that have been affected until our infection prevention and control team are satisfied these restrictions can be removed."

"It is important that people do not visit hospital if they feel unwell or are themselves experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and or vomiting, as this increases the risk of spreading the infection to patients and staff.

"People who feel unwell or think they have the symptoms of Norovirus should wait until they have been clear of them for at least 48 hours as they may still be infectious."

Ms Friel added: "Patients and visitors can also help us to control the infection by maintaining good hygiene, especially regular hand washing with soap and water before visiting and when leaving the ward area, before eating, and after visiting the toilet."

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