Glasgow & West Scotland

Seven wards closed at bug hit Royal Alexandra Hospital

Seven wards remain closed at a hospital in Renfrewshire where six patients have died while receiving treatment for diarrhoea and vomiting.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said that 11 patients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley were still showing symptoms of norovirus.

The health board said the deaths were not caused by the bug and the patients had underlying medical conditions.

Strict infection control measures remain in place at the hospital.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Consultant microbiologist Dr Teresa Inkster said: "We are currently seeing an increase in cases coming into the hospital from the community where we know there are more cases than usual of diarrhoea and vomiting.

"People can help limit the spread of the virus by ensuring good hand hygiene at all times and if they have concerns contacting their GP or NHS24 for advice.

"Norovirus is particularly prevalent in both the community and in healthcare settings. Typically it has a sudden onset and can spread quickly. Most people will recover from the virus within 24 or 48 hours."

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