Ward remains shut at BGH due to virus

A HOSPITAL ward has been closed to admissions since last Friday due to the norovirus, or winter vomiting bug.

Despite the precaution being taken on Ward 10 at the BGH, individual bays on wards 4 and 12 have also been closed.

An NHS Borders spokesperson said: “The Department of Medicine for the Elderly ward 10 at the Borders General Hospital remains closed to admissions due to the confirmed presence of norovirus.

“In addition one bay each on wards 4 and 12 are currently closed due to gastro-intestinal symptoms.

“The situation is being managed by NHS Borders management and frontline staff with support from the infection prevention and control team.”

The spokesperson added: “Visitors to ward 10 are strongly discouraged at this time and the general advice is to stay away from the hospital if you or anyone in your family has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours.

“This advice applies especially to children.”

Norovirus is one of the commonest causes of diarrhoea and vomiting illness.

The virus is very infectious and spreads quickly between people, especially in places where they are sharing facilities, such as in hospitals and care homes.