Flu bug outbreak hits hospital ward
A flu outbreak has forced the closure of a ward at Dumfries Infirmary.
Ward nine at the hospital is shut to all admissions and transfers and routine visiting has been temporarily suspended.
Infection Control Manager Elaine Ross said yesterday: “We have seen an increase in flu cases in DGRI and in our communities.
“We thank everyone for their support during this time.
“If you have not yet had your flu vaccination, please do not hesitate to do so.
“Simple precautions such as hand hygiene and keeping your hands away from your eyes and mouth can reduce the risk of you catching the virus.”
Last month, the health board launched a campaign in a bid to persuade as many staff as possible to take up the offer of the jab to protect themselves and their colleagues against the illness this winter.
At a health board meeting in Dumfries, members discussed the importance of staff taking up the vaccine offer to protect their “health and wellbeing” over the winter and prevent pressure being put on their colleagues due to sickness absences.
A national drive has also been aimed at members of the public, particularly those in the “vulnerable groups” including the over 65s, pregnant women and primary school children.
Dr Jim McMenamin, consultant epidemiologist for Health Protection Scotland, said: “I would urge all those eligible to take the flu vaccine as an insurance policy against the complications of flu that cause severe health problems and deaths each season.
“Vaccination offers the best protection for those at high risk from seasonal influenza.”
Infection control Elaine Ross at DGRI