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HOSPITAL VISITING RESTRICTIONS

For the time being visiting Restrictions across NHS Borders will remain at COVID-19 protection level 1.

From today (Monday 9th August) Scotland will move beyond level 0 and hospitals will begin planning how they can safely and gradually open up. However this will be a careful process which ensures that the necessary infection prevention and control measures are in place such as physical distancing.

At the moment there are still significant pressures on hospitals, primary and community services in the Borders. As a result of this NHS Borders have taken the difficult decision to continue to maintain level 1 visiting restrictions at their sites. This will be regularly reviewed as they take a phased approach to move towards full person-centred visiting by adapting our policies accordingly as soon as they feel it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Visiting will continue to be by appointment only and visitors should contact the ward to arrange a time to visit. Anyone with questions about visiting arrangements should speak or call the nurse in charge of the ward. NHS Borders would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of the Borders again for their understanding and cooperation.

Further visiting information is available on the NHS Borders website.

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