Sickness outbreak at Duns hosital investigated

A WARD at the Knoll Hospital has been closed following an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea

Eleven patients and two members of staff at the Knoll Hospital are currently suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms and as a precaution, the ward has been closed until further notice.

Most of those affected are suffering the symptoms commonly associated with a virus and no patients are giving cause for concern.

Sheena Wright, Director of Nursing and Midwifery for NHS Borders said: “The healthcare of our patients and staff is our main concern. Staff are working with the Infection Control Team to put in control measures while the cause of the infection is determined.”

“Visitors are asked to comply with any instructions they are given by staff and in particular, they should not go to the hospital or any other healthcare facility if they or other members of their family have had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting within the past 48 hours.”

NHs Borders are asking for children not to be brought in to see patients and that visitors consider posponing their visits to friends or relatives in the hospital over the next few days.

If people feel they have to visit, visits be limited to one patient per person and visitors should not move around the hospital and should only go to the area they need to visit.

Strict hand-washing for all people who must visit these wards is essential.