Winter vomiting bug forces pause of ward admissions amid warning

Hospitals across Scotland are dealing with winter illnesses on wards.

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Admissions to affected wards in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals have been paused due to the spread of winter bugs.

The health board warned members of the public not to visit loved ones in hospital if they have symptoms of gastroenteritis, Covid-19 or flu.

“As is the case across Scotland, our hospitals continue to see a number of winter illnesses at this time of year,” a spokesperson told STV News.

“We have put in place appropriate infection control measures including pausing new admissions to affected wards, and we would ask anyone with symptoms of illnesses such as gastroenteritis, flu or Covid-19 not to visit loved ones in hospital until their symptoms have passed.”

It comes after a hospital ward in the Western Isles was forced to close due to the spread of norovirus amid above-average winter vomiting bug case numbers across the country.

The country’s public health watchdog has told STV News it is “monitoring” the highly infectious virus and confirmed casels are above the five-year average.

On friday, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde issued a warning alerting the public to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea are common with winter bugs as well as headaches, fever and pain in the muscles and limbs.   

Visitors are being urged to practice good hygiene by regularly washing their hands to prevent the spread of viruses and to wait for symptoms to pass before attending hospital.

Dr Aleksandra Marek, consultant microbiologist and infection control doctor, said“During the winter months, illnesses such as gastroenteritis, Covid-19 and flu, can add to the pressures that staff face across our sites.   

“To help protect yourself, your loved ones and our services, we are asking members of the public not to visit our hospital sites if they are displaying symptoms of any of these viruses.    

“We are also asking anyone who does attend a site to follow infection control guidance, such as washing your hands regularly.   

“Our dedicated members of staff are working around the clock to continue to provide the highest standard of patient-centred care possible.”  

The health service is urging people to only attend Emergency Departments (A&E) if their condition is very urgent or life-threatening.

Information is available on the NHS inform website or by calling NHS24 on 111.

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