Temporary restriction on visitors at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Update at 16:45 on Tuesday 23rd April 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on ward 202 while cases of norovirus are still present.

Visitors are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.

NHS Lothian would like to thank the families and friends of patients at the Royal Infirmary for their patience and co-operation during this time, and would like to express gratitude to staff for their extremely hard work and commitment to the best interests of patients, visitors and the public.


Update at 18:00 on Friday 19th April 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place on one ward at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present and to prevent onward infection.

Ward 202 has a temporary restriction on visitors in place.

Visitors are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.



Update at 15:55 on Monday 15th April 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place on one ward at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present and to prevent and onward infection.

Ward 202 has a temporary restriction on visitors in place.

However ward 108 is now open to visitors.

Visitors are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.

 



Update at 16:50 on Friday 12th April 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present and to prevent and onward infection.

Wards 108 and 202 have a temporary restriction on visitors in place.

Visitors are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.

In order to help prevent the spread of infection please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before visiting the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Please refrain from visiting if you are feeling unwell. If you have suffered from vomiting and/or diarrhoea please wait until at least 48 hours after all of your symptoms have stopped and you feel back to normal. 

 


Update at 15:35 on Wednesday 10th April 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on ward 202 while cases of norovirus are still present.

Visitors are asked to call the ward directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.

NHS Lothian would like to thank the families and friends of patients at the Royal Infirmary for their patience and co-operation during this time, and would like to express gratitude to staff for their extremely hard work and commitment to the best interests of patients, visitors and the public.



Update at 16:20 on Tuesday 9th April 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on ward 202 while cases of norovirus are still present.

Prospective visitors are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit. 



Update at 15:30 on Monday 8th April 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present.

Ward 207 will be open to visitors this afternoon.

However a temporary restriction on visitors is still in place on ward 202.

Any relatives and friends of patients intending to visit are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit. 

 


Update at 15:45 on Friday 5th April 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place on certain wards at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present.

Ward 102 is now open to visitors.

However a temporary restriction on visitors has been put in place on wards 202 and 207.

Visitors to the Royal Infirmary are asked to help prevent the spread of infection by ensuring to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before visiting the hospital. Please refrain from visiting if you are feeling unwell. If you have suffered from vomiting and/or diarrhoea please wait until at least 48 hours after all of your symptoms have stopped and you feel back to normal.

For patient and public wellbeing it is recommended that visitors refrain from bringing children under 12 to the hospital and a minimum number of visitors be present with a patient at any one time during the outbreak.

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit. 

 


Update at 16:25 on Thursday 4th April 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place on ward 102 at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present.

The situation is stable however the restriction will remain in place until the ward has been clear of norovirus for a sustained period of time.

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit. 

 


Update at 16:15 on Wednesday 3rd April 2013

The situation at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is improving; however a temporary restriction on visitors remains in place on one ward while cases of norovirus are still present.

Visiting restrictions remain in place Ward 102.

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit. 



Update at 15:15 on Tuesday 2nd April 2013

The situation at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is improving; however a temporary restriction on visitors remains in place on one ward while cases of norovirus are still present.

Ward 102 currently has visiting restrictions in place.

However wards 103, 105, 202, 207 and the renal unit of ward 206 are now open to visitors.

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.

In order to help prevent the spread of infection please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before visiting the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Please refrain from visiting if you are feeling unwell. If you have suffered from vomiting and/or diarrhoea please wait until at least 48 hours after all of your symptoms have stopped and you feel back to normal. 

 


Update at 12:20 on Monday 1st April 2013

The temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present.

There are currently visiting restrictions on wards 102, 103, 105, 202, 207 and the renal unit of ward 206.

Restrictions are only being lifted when a ward has been free from infection for a sustained period of time.

It is anticipated that wards 202 and 207 will fully reopen to visitors tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd April).

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.

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Update at 12:30 on Sunday 31st March 2013

The temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present.

There are currently visiting restrictions on wards 102, 103, 105, 202, 207 and the renal unit of ward 206.

Restrictions are only being lifted when a ward has been free from infection for a sustained period of time.

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.


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Update at 12:00 on Saturday 30th March 2013

 

The temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present.

There are currently visiting restrictions on wards 103, 105, 202, 207 and the renal unit of ward 206.

Restrictions are only being lifted when a ward has been free from infection for a sustained period of time.

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.

 

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Update at 14:00 on Friday 29th March 2013

The temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present.

Ward 102  is now open to visitors but visiting restrictions continue on wards 103, 202, 207 and the renal unit of ward 206.

Restrictions are only being lifted when a ward has been free from infection for a sustained period of time. 

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit. 

 


Update at 15:45 on Thursday 28th March 2013​

 

The temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present.

The situation is static, with visiting restrictions remaining in place on wards 102, 103, 202, 207 and the renal unit of ward 206.

Restrictions are only being lifted when a ward has been free from infection for a sustained period of time.

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.

In order to help prevent the spread of infection please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before visiting the Royal Infirmary. Please refrain from visiting if you are feeling unwell. If you have suffered from vomiting and/or diarrhoea please wait until at least 48 hours after all of your symptoms have stopped and you feel back to normal.



Update at 14:50 on Wednesday 27th March 2013

The temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh while cases of norovirus are still present.

Visiting restrictions are currently in place on wards 102, 103, 202, 207 and the renal unit of ward 206.

NHS Lothian would like to thank relatives and friends of patients for their patience and understanding at this difficult time. 

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary switchboard on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit. For more information on norovirus please visit http://bit.ly/noroinform

 


Update at 15:50 on Tuesday 26th March 2013

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is maintaining a temporary restriction on visitors while cases of norovirus are still present on certain wards.

The renal unit of ward 206 is now open to visitors; however restrictions remain on wards 103, 202 and 207.

Relatives and friends of patients are asked to contact the Royal Infirmary on 0131 536 1000 for further information and to find out when it may be appropriate to visit.

NHS Lothian would like to thank the families and friends of patients at the Royal Infirmary for their patience and co-operation during this time, and would like to express gratitude to staff for their extremely hard work and commitment to the best interests of patients, visitors and the public.



Update at 15:45 on Monday 25th March 2013

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is maintaining a temporary restriction on visitors while cases of norovirus are still present on certain wards.

The situation remains stable however visiting restrictions remain on wards 103, 202, 208 and the renal unit on ward 206 remain closed to visitors.

Anyone wishing to visit the closed wards are asked to contact the specific ward directly or call the switchboard on 0131 536 1000 to be put through.

In order to help prevent the spread of infection please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before visiting the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Please refrain from visiting if you are feeling unwell. If you have suffered from vomiting and/or diarrhoea please wait until at least 48 hours after all of your symptoms have stopped and you feel back to normal.

 


Update at 11.30am on Sunday 24th March 2013 

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is maintaining a temporary restriction on visitors while cases of norovirus are still present on certain wards.

Visiting restrictions have now been lifted on wards 207 and 209, however wards 103, 202, 208 and the renal unit on ward 206 remain closed to visitors.

Anyone wishing to visit the closed wards are asked to contact the specific ward directly or call the switchboard on 0131 536 1000 to be put through.

NHS Lothian would like to thank patients and their relatives for their continued support and co-operation, as well as staff in all departments for their continued efforts to prevent the spread of norovirus.

Update at 12.45 on Saturday 23rd March 2013 

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is maintaining a temporary restriction on visitors while cases of norovirus are still present on certain wards.

NHS Lothian infection prevention and control staff continue to manage the situation on the wards, working to prevent spread of the infection.

Visiting restrictions are in place on wards 103, 202, 207, 208, 209 and the renal unit on ward 206.

NHS Lothian is grateful for the continued support and patience of patients and relatives during this time. Any person wishing to visit wards 103, 202, 207, 208, 209 or the renal unit on 206 are asked to contact the specific ward directly or call the switchboard on 0131 536 1000.

Update at 15:50 on Friday 22nd March 2013

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is maintaining a temporary restriction on visitors while cases of norovirus are still present on certain wards.

NHS Lothian infection prevention and control staff continue to manage the situation on the wards, working to prevent spread of the infection.

Visiting restrictions have now been lifted on ward 207, however the restriction is still in place on wards 103, 202, 209 and the renal unit on ward 206.

NHS Lothian is grateful for the continued support and patience of patients and relatives during this time. Any person wishing to visit wards 103, 202, 209 or 206 are asked to contact the specific ward directly or call the switchboard on 0131 536 1000.

 


Update at 16:35 on Thursday 21st March 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place on certain wards at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, as NHS Lothian staff continue to manage the situation across the site.

Visiting restrictions have now been lifted on ward 101, however wards 103, 207, 209 and the renal unit on ward 206 remain closed.

Anyone wishing to visit the closed wards are asked to contact the specific ward directly or call the switchboard on 0131 536 1000.

NHS Lothian would like to thank patients and their relatives for their continued support and co-operation, as well as staff in all departments concerned for their continued efforts to prevent spread of infection.

 


Update at 16:45 on Wednesday 20th March 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, as NHS Lothian staff continue to manage the situation across the site.

Visiting restrictions have been put in place on the renal unit on ward 206, as well as on wards 101, 103, 207 and 209.

 

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itors are asked to call the aforementioned wards directly or call the switchboard on 0131 536 1000 if they wish to visit a patient on a closed ward.

NHS Lothian would like to thank patients and their relatives for their continued support and cooperation, as well as staff in all departments concerned for their continued efforts to prevent spread of infection.



Update at 16:10 on Tuesday 19th March 2013

A temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, as NHS Lothian staff continue to manage the situation across the site.

The situation is stable, however visiting restrictions remain in place on wards 101, 103, 207 and 209.

NHS Lothian would like to thank relatives and friends of patients for their patience and understanding at this difficult time. Visitors are asked to call the aforementioned wards directly or call the switchboard on 0131 536 1000 if they wish to visit a patient on a closed ward.

Given the current situation the RIE is experiencing a high number of calls so please be patient if you can’t get through straight away.

NHS Lothian would like to thank staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for doing a tremendous job to minimise spread of infection, and ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients.



Update at 16:25 on Monday 18th March 2013

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is maintaining a temporary restriction on visitors, as infection prevention and control staff continue to manage the situation across the site.

Ward 205 is now open to new admissions. However visiting restrictions are in place on wards 101, 103, 207 and 209.

NHS Lothian is grateful of the cooperation and understanding of relatives and friends of patients, and would like to thank the staff who are working tirelessly to contain the infection.

New patients are only being admitted to an area when it has been free from infection for a sustained period of time. All new admissions are being screened for symptoms of norovirus before being admitted to the Royal Infirmary.

Visitors are asked to phone wards directly or call the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh switchboard on 0131 536 1000 if they wish to visit a patient on a closed ward. Given the current situation the RIE is experiencing a high number of calls so please be patient if you can’t get through straight away.



 

 


Update at 14:00 on Sunday 17th March 2013

The temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, as NHS Lothian infection prevention and control staff work to manage the situation across the site.

Visiting is now permitted on wards 102, 201 and 202 which are open to new admissions. However visiting restrictions are still in place on wards 101, 103, 205, 207 and 209.

New admissions are only being permitted when an area has been free from infection for a sustained period of time. All new admissions are being screened for symptoms of norovirus before being admitted to the Royal Infirmary.

Visitors are asked to contact the ward directly or call the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh switchboard on 0131 536 1000 if they wish to visit a patient on a closed ward. For more information on norovirus please visit http://bit.ly/noroinform.

 


Update at 16:00 on Saturday 16th March 2013

The temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, as NHS Lothian infection prevention and control staff work to manage the situation across the site.

Visiting is now permitted on wards 102, 201 and 202 which are open to new admissions. However visiting restrictions are in place on wards 101, 103, 205, 207 and 209.

New admissions are only being permitted when an area has been free from infection for a sustained period of time. All new admissions are being screened for symptoms of norovirus before being admitted to the Royal Infirmary.

Visitors are asked to contact the ward directly or call the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh switchboard on 0131 536 1000 if they wish to visit a patient on a closed ward. For more information on norovirus please visit http://bit.ly/noroinform.

 


Update at 16:00 on Friday 15th March 2013

The temporary restriction on visitors remains in place at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, as NHS Lothian infection prevention and control staff work to manage the situation across the site.

Visiting is now permitted on ward 102, which is now open to new admissions. However visiting restrictions are in place on seven other wards.

New admissions are only being permitted when an area has been free from infection for a sustained period of time. All new admissions are being screened for symptoms of norovirus before being admitted to the Royal Infirmary.

Visitors are asked to contact the ward directly or call the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh switchboard on 0131 536 1000 if they wish to visit a patient on a closed ward. For more information on norovirus please visit http://bit.ly/noroinform.

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Notes to Editors

  • Wards 101, 103, 201, 202, 205, 207 and 209 are currently closed to visitors.
  • Norovirus is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis in the UK, and cases generally escalate during the winter months. The main symptoms are vomiting and diarrhoea, and the virus is highly contagious. Although there is no specific treatment the infection usually only lasts for a few days and most people make a full recovery.


Posted 14.30 on Thursday 14th March 2013

NHS Lothian has today (14 March 2013) taken the precautionary measure to temporarily restrict visitors on a small number of wards at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh due to an outbreak of norovirus.

Relatives and friends of patients are being contacted by staff and are being advised not to visit those wards in a bid to halt the spread of the outbreak.

Six wards at the hospital are currently affected and relatives are being asked to contact the hospital if they require any further information.

Dr Kate Templeton, Chair of the Problem Assessment Group and Consultant Virologist, NHS Lothian, said: “There are a number of patients affected by norovirus within six wards at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

“We have taken the decision to temporarily restrict visitors within these wards in a bid to prevent the further spread of the infection.

“By restricting the number of visitors it is hoped that this will reduce the number of people who are exposed to norovirus and therefore shorten the duration of the outbreak.”

Prof Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian, said: “We recently carried out a similar temporary restriction to visitors at Liberton Hospital and this proved effective in helping to prevent the further spread of the virus on the site.

“Our priority is always patient, public and staff safety. While we understand that this temporary visiting restriction may cause some frustration, this measure will allow us to help prevent further spread of the infection and ensure safe patient care.

“We understand that there may be extenuating circumstances where members of the public need to visit loved ones, such as if they are seriously ill. If this is the case, relatives or friends are asked to call ahead to the ward to arrange visiting.

“We would ask the public for their co-operation at this time. Clinical and nursing staff are working very hard to minimise any distress and discomfort to patients whilst there is norovirus in the wards.”

Infection prevention and control staff from NHS Lothian are continually monitoring the situation and it is hoped that the wards will reopen to visitors in the very near future.

Norovirus is highly contagious, and outbreaks spread quickly around closed communities, such as hospitals and nursing homes. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea, come on suddenly and last between 12 to 60 hours. Because people become unwell without warning, people who are providing care can also become infected.

If you are visiting a friend or relative in a hospital in NHS Lothian please remember to:

  • Make sure your hands are clean. This is one of the most important ways to stop infections spreading. Please wash your hands when entering or leaving hospital wards.
  • Don’t visit if you are feeling unwell. Patients can be more susceptible to infections than those who are generally well. If you aren’t well enough to visit you are welcome to phone the ward.
  • Don’t visit until 48 hours after vomiting or diarrhoea. If you have vomiting or diarrhoea you should not visit patients in hospital until 48 hours after your symptoms have stopped. This is important because you may be infectious for up to 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped. 
  • Don’t prepare or bring in food unless this has been agreed with the Nurse in Charge.


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Notes to Editors

 

  • There have been 36 patients confirmed as having norovirus within each of the wards affected since February 1.
  • Wards 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 207 are currently closed to visitors.
  • Senior charge nurses and ward teams will assist in optimising patient/visitor communications during this period, e.g. by using ward phone, mobile phones (where permitted).
  • Relatives and friends of patients are asked to call the hospital ward for further information and to find out when it is appropriate to visit. Relatives can call the wards directly or phone the hospital reception on 0131 536 1000.
  • The temporary restriction on visitors is recommended by Health Protection Scotland as a positive step to stop the spread of norovirus.

 

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23/04/2013