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Over 1,000 Scottish wards closed due to hospital bugs

Friday 27th April 2012
Over 1,000 Scottish wards closed due to hospital bugs
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Over 1,000 wards have been forced to close across Scotland because of noroviruses since 2009, according to new figures.

The NHS statistics, obtained by the Liberal Democrats, found that the country has been subject to a spate of hospital bugs in the past three years and it has led hospital workers to find a plethora of sterile services to help prevent the spread of the viruses.

While the Scottish government has announced that the number of cases of the winter vomiting bug has decreased over the time frame, the closures are limiting the amount of patients hospitals can attend.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had the most cases since 2009, with a reported 333 outbreaks happening under the authority's jurisdiction.

Raigmore Hospital in Inverness became the latest health facility to be hit with a clostridium difficile infection bug which saw the closure of one of its wards.

Alison McInnes, Liberal Democrats health spokeswoman, said: "It is vital that we reduce the number of outbreaks of the infection, which can be life-threatening to the vulnerable groups like our growing elderly population."

by Martin LambertADNFCR-1780-ID-801351494-ADNFCR

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