BGH ward remains closed due to norovirus

Ward 4 at the Borders General Hospital remains closed to admissions due to the confirmed presence of norovirus.

By Jim Milnes
Friday, 13th November 2015, 11:23 am

The situation is being managed by NHS Borders Infection Prevention and Control Team with support from frontline colleagues.

Evelyn Rodger, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Acute Services said: “I would like to thank the public for their co-operation in limiting visits to the hospital whilst norovirus is present.

“Over the weekend visitors to Ward 4 remain strongly discouraged, and the general advice is to stay away from any hospital ward if you or anyone in your family has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours.”

Dr Ed James, Consultant Microbiologist said “Norovirus is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea and vomiting illness. It is very infectious and spreads quickly between people. This is why outbreaks happen in hospitals where a number of people are sharing facilities. However it doesn’t just occur in hospitals, and can start abruptly and spread quickly through communities.

“It is vital to protect yourselves and your loved ones from catching this unpleasant virus. Patients, visitors and staff can help minimise the spread by complying with instructions given by staff and paying attention to the signs at the entrances to the hospital and wards.”