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One of three wards hits by norovirus outbreak at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness has reopened following a deep clean - but other two wards remain closed

By Val Sweeney

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One of the wards affected by norovirus has re-opened.
One of the wards affected by norovirus has re-opened.

A WARD at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness has reopened to admissions and visitors following a deep clean.

Ward 6C was one of three wards closed due to the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

But ward 5C still remains closed due to diarrhoea and vomiting, while a deep clean started in ward 7A this afternoon.

NHS Highland is continuing to ask for the public’s support in helping prevent the spread of norovirus across the hospital.

Head of acute services Katherine Sutton praised staff for all their hard work during the outbreak.

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

“I’d also like to thank the public for their co-operation at 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.

“Although the restriction on visiting has been lifted we would continue to ask that visiting is kept to a minimum to help us prevent the spread of norovirus across the hospital.

“A suspension on visiting in ward 5C and 7A remains in place although exceptions will continue to be made for patients receiving end of life care or for those who are critically ill. If you feel that visiting is essential, please contact the ward first by phone before coming to the hospital.

"Please do not visit the ward unless by prior arrangement with the nurse in charge.

"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 72 hours.”

NHS Highland is also appealing to the community to help prevent the spread of flu by avoiding visiting any hospitals if they have any respiratory symptoms.

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