Covid in Scotland: Borders moves to essential hospital visits only

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Only essential visiting is being allowed at hospital sites in the Borders

A health board has moved to allow only "essential" hospital visits due to rising Covid cases in the community.

NHS Borders said there continued to be "immense pressure" on its services.

It said that meant that "regrettably" it was reverting to essential visiting only across all its hospital sites.

Visits are deemed essential "only where not seeing a family member would cause particular distress or suffering", according to Scottish government guidance.

NHS Borders said there were situations where it was "very important for a relative or friend to be allowed to see their loved one".

It cited examples including:

  • A parent accompanying a child or a mother being accompanied by her partner for appointments or other care related to childbirth
  • When someone has reached the end of their life, has a life-threatening illness, when someone is receiving difficult news or similar situations
  • When people have a mental health issue or dementia, autism or a learning disability

The health board said essential visiting would be by appointment only with visitors contacting the ward to arrange a time to visit.

It said the decision would free up staff and also reduce the risk of visitors who were unaware they had Covid coming to its sites.

'Extreme pressure'

It has now taken further steps to try to ease the pressure currently being experienced.

Chief executive Ralph Roberts said: "Our services are under extreme pressure and we really need the help of the Borders community.

"As you have done throughout the pandemic please help us and yourselves by behaving safely and sensibly whenever possible."

He urged anyone who was not already double vaccinated to consider getting their second jag.

In addition, he asked people to test themselves regularly, wear face masks and self-isolate if they tested positive.

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