South Scotland

Annan Hospital to reopen after sickness bug outbreak

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Image caption Annan Hospital is set to reopen following a deep clean

Annan Hospital is set to reopen after a sickness bug outbreak but a ward remains closed at Dumfries Infirmary.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway said there had been no new cases reported since Friday.

Annan Hospital has undergone a deep clean and was expected to be able to open to new admissions.

However, infection control measures remain in place at ward 14 in Dumfries and it is still shut to new admissions and routine visiting.

Infection control manager Elaine Ross said: "This is a highly-infectious virus and at this time of year there are more opportunities for it to spread as people spend time indoors and attend social occasions where finger foods are often served.

"It is particularly important to pay attention to hand hygiene, preferably using soap and water.

"Anyone who has experienced the virus is advised to remain at home for at least 48 hours following their last symptom, as per NHS Scotland advice."

She thanked visitors and staff for their "ongoing support and understanding" in helping to reduce the spread of the infection.

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