Ward 2C Reopens After Norovirus Outbreak

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday April 13 2018

Following a deep clean Ward 2C at Raigmore Hospital has reopened to admissions and visitors following a period of closure due to norovirus.

Visiting restrictions across the hospital have also been lifted.

Iona McGauran, lead nurse for Raigmore, praised staff across the hospital for all their hard work during the outbreak.

 She said:

“Our staff have worked incredibly hard during this time in not only looking after patients but also in getting the wards deep cleaned and ready for reopening.

“I’d also like to thank the public for their cooperation during this time.

“It’s never an easy decision to make when we ask visitors to stay away but doing this not only helped protect the privacy and dignity of our patients but also kept the virus as contained as possible.

“However, we know that norovirus is still active in the community and we would ask that if you, or someone you live with, has had symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting you refrain from coming to the hospital until clear for 48 hours.”

There is no specific treatment for a norovirus infection and it is not usually necessary to visit a doctor.

The best course of action is to stay at home and to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

People should also adhere to strict hand washing techniques to reduce the spread of the virus.



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