MEDICS at the nearby Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre are asking locals with cold or flu like symptoms not to visit patients at the hospital.

The appeal comes after 15 patients tested positive with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), causing staff to ask friends and family who feel unwell to wait at east 48 hours after the end of symptoms before visiting the unit.

Visitors who do not have symptoms of the cold or flu are asked to observe temporary visiting times between 2-4pm and 6-8pm.

Of the 15 patients, one, who had already been giving cause for concern, has died, four have already been discharged home and ten patients remain across the two wards but none are giving any cause for concern as a result of the RSV.

Wards with patients showing symptoms will not admit new patients as a precautionary measure and the wards are closely monitored with strict infection control measures in place.

Dr Teresa Inkster, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor, NHSGGC, said: “If you have any cold or flu like symptoms, please do not visit loved ones in the Beatson until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have cleared up.

“I’d also urge all visitors are being urged to remember the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.”

She added: “All appropriate infection control measures are in place.”

RSV is a viral illness which normally resembles a cold and is self limiting. It is particularly prevalent at this time of year and is common in the community.