Norovirus strikes Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Norovirus bug
Norovirus bug

Four wards at Glasgow Royal Infirmary are currently not accepting new patients due to the spread of norovirus.

People suffering from diarrhea or vomiting are being urged not to visit family and friends in hospital due to a rise in norovirus in the community.

The virus has been particularly prevalent across the whole of Scotland over the last few weeks which has resulted in an increased incidence in some wards.

None of the patients are giving any cause for concern due to norovirus.

Wards with patients showing symptoms do not admit new patients as a precautionary measure and the ward is closely monitored with strict infection control measures in place.

The management of these ward closures is fully in line with national infection control protocols.

Dr Huma Changez, consultant microbiologist/infection control doctor, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “It’s important that any visitors who have experienced any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting do not visit hospitals.

“I’d also urge hospital visitors to remember the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.

“The virus typically has a sudden onset and can spread quickly. Most people will recover from the virus within 24 or 48 hours. However, when people are very ill for other reasons, it can be more difficult for them to cope with diarrhea and vomiting.”

People can help limit the spread of the virus by a few simple steps:

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.

Do not share towels and flannels.

Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.

Wash any clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated with the virus. Wash the items seperately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.

Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet and keep the surrounding toilet area clean.

Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce.