South Scotland

Dumfries hospital ward hit by norovirus set to reopen

A ward closed due to a Norovirus outbreak at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is expected to reopen.

A total of 25 patients and three members of staff have been affected by the bug since 1 May.

Wards 12 and 18 has been closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

However, the local NHS board said ward 18 was due to reopen on Thursday, following "appropriate terminal cleaning".

A spokeswoman added: "Reports from the community indicate that this viral infection is circulating throughout Dumfries and Galloway at this time.

"The infection control team continues to monitor the situation, and visitor restrictions are in place on the affected wards.

"Members of the public who have symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea are asked not to visit the hospital until 48 hours after symptoms have cleared."

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