South Scotland

Last norovirus ward reopens at Dumfries hospital

Every ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is open for the first time in almost two weeks, the NHS has confirmed.

The norovirus bug had spread through four wards since first being reported in the hospital on 28 March.

A total of 46 patients and 12 members of staff have suffered from sickness and diarrhoea.

A health board spokesman said all the wards affected by the outbreak were now functioning normally.

Ward 14 was the last to reopen to visitors and new patients.

Ward 12 was closed for two days last week. Wards nine and 10 opened earlier this week.

Infection control manager Elaine Ross said: "I would like to thank all our staff and visitors for their continued cooperation and support during the outbreak.

"I would particularly like to thank nursing and domestic staff for working flexibly to allow the service to get back to normal as quickly as possible."

She added: "As always we would urge anyone experiencing symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea or anyone who has had contact with someone with the symptoms not to visit any hospital setting for at least 72 hours."

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