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Visitors urged to stay away from Borders General Hospital

Borders General Hospital Image copyright Walter Baxter

Health board managers have asked visitors not to go to Borders General Hospital despite reopening wards following a norovirus outbreak.

They urged people to stay away from the Melrose hospital unless "absolutely necessary" in order to control the spread of the bug.

Its department of medicine for the elderly, which was closed to admissions, reopened last week.

NHS Borders said one bay at Haylodge Hospital in Peebles remains closed.

Evelyn Rodger, the health board's director of nursing and midwifery, said: "Although the Borders General Hospital (BGH) currently has no ward closures this can very change quickly.

"In order to safeguard vulnerable patients and enable us to limit the spread of this highly infectious virus, members of the public are being asked not to visit relatives and friends at the BGH this weekend unless absolutely necessary."

She said the illness lasts 48 hours but it is highly infectious, which is why the board needs to limit the number of people going in and out of the hospital.

Ms Rodger added: "The last time we issued a request of this nature the co-operation from the public was incredibly helpful, and we would be most grateful once again for people to take our advice and please stay away."

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