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Wards at Monklands Hospital closed due to Norovirus

Seven wards at Monklands Hospital in North Lanarkshire have been hit by an outbreak of winter vomiting caused by the Norovirus.

The wards have been closed and NHS Lanarkshire says an outbreak control team is monitoring the situation.

Visitors were asked to observe good hygiene, use hand sanitisers and stay away if they have had the bug recently.

The health board said no new patients would be admitted until the infection was eradicated.

Infection control manager at NHS Lanarkshire, Heather Gourlay, said: "It is important that people do not visit hospital if they have symptoms of Norovirus and they should wait until they have been clear of symptoms for at least 48 hours as they may still be contagious.

"Patients and visitors can also help by maintaining good hygiene, especially regular hand washing before eating and after using the toilet, as alcohol hand sanitisers are ineffective in removing Norovirus from hands.

"However, it is important that patients and visitors continue to use sanitisers before entering and leaving wards as they are highly effective measure in preventing the spread of other infections between wards."

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