Hospital ward closed over bug outbreak

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By Paul Thornton

A HOSPITAL has closed a ward to new arrivals following an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Stirling Royal Infirmary has this week closed ward one to admissions and has called in an outbreak control team.

Parents have been asked not to bring children to visiting and other visitors are asked not to go to the ward if they feel unwell.

But NHS Forth Valley have denied the closure is linked to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

A spokeswoman for the health trust said: “Ward One, Stirling Royal Infirmary, is closed to new admissions following an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

“Extra control measures have been put in place and an outbreak control team has convened to manage the situation.

“If at all possible children should not visit at this time. Visitors are also advised to remain at home if they are unwell.”

NHS Forth Valley said they hope to reopen the ward within a day but say the bug can last four up to four days.

One patient is currently symptomatic of the illness.

They also advised visitors to wash their hands before and after seeing patients.

A spokeswoman said: “Diarrhoea and vomiting is a self-limiting illness with symptoms lasting 24-48 hours but is infectious for a further 48 hours after symptoms cease.

“Visitors should ensure they wash their hands when they arrive at wards and before they leave.”

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