Medical Ward 2 in Western Isles Hospital reopened to new admissions and visitors on Sunday afternoon. There are now no patients with suspected norovirus.
Visiting hours in Medical 2 will be between 3pm and 4pm and 7pm and 8pm, until further notice.
Whilst there have been no confirmed cases of norovirus (winter vomiting bug) in the Western Isles this year, a small number of patients in Medical Ward 2 did recently experience diarrhoea and vomiting. The ward was closed to new admissions for a period last week (from November 14 – November 18), to help prevent the spread of infection.
Norovirus is usually self-limiting and will disappear after a day or two. Symptoms commonly include:
- Nausea and diarrhoea (with or without vomiting)
- Stomach cramps
- Low-grade fever and/or chills
- Headache and muscle aches
Dr Louise Scott, GP Health Protection Team, NHS Western Isles, has issued the following general health advice:
To minimise the spread of Norovirus:
Wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet
- Hand washing with soap and water, not just using the alcohol gels, is important
- Similarly any surfaces that have been contaminated should be cleaned with a bleach-based
- disinfectant including toilet seats, handles and taps. Take care to ensure that the disinfectant is used
- safely and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Additionally those with symptoms should
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated.
- Stay at home until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.
- Do not visit hospitals, nurseries or nursing homes if affected
NHS Western Isles Infection Control Manager Jennifer Macdonald said: "Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages. The virus is easily spread by contact with an infected person, especially through their hands. As the infection is so contagious, we would urge members of the public to ensure they follow infection control practices, and good hand hygiene is key to preventing the spread of infection."