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NHS BORDERS CANCELS ALL NON-URGENT APPOINTMENTS

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In line with national guidance, NHS Borders has taken the decision to cancel all scheduled non-urgent activity in the Borders General Hospital and from Monday 23rd March all non-urgent outpatient appointments will be cancelled. Patients who require to be seen will receive individual confirmation that their appointment will go ahead. This may take place on an alternative date and time, and/or by telephone call.

· Routine elective operations have been cancelled. Patients will be contacted to discuss this.

· Chemotherapy and Dialysis will continue as normal.

· Midwifery and Obstetric appointments will also continue as normal.

Members of the public are reminded that visiting times in all of hospitals are now restricted.

· VISITING TIMES ARE RESTRICTED TO BETWEEN 3-4pm AND 7-8pm

· ONLY VISIT IF ESSENTIAL

· A MAXIMUM OF TWO VISITORS PER PATIENT

· CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 SHOULD STAY AT HOME

· ALL VISITORS MUST USE HAND GEL WHEN ENTERING AND LEAVING CLINICAL AREAS

For those patients in critical care areas and receiving end-of-life care, we would ask that visitors discuss visiting times locally with the senior charge nurse/nurse in charge of the ward.

For essential visits to our Mental Health inpatient facilities (Lindean, Huntlyburn Ward, Melburn Lodge and East Brig) please discuss visiting times with the senior charge nurse/nurse in charge of the ward.

Medical Director, Dr Cliff Sharp said: “We must ensure that we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk of infection to our patients and hope that visitors will understand that these decisions are sensible and necessary in order to manage the evolving coronavirus situation. We will reschedule appointments and operations or advise you of alternative arrangements as soon as we can.”

• The best way to protect yourself and others against coronavirus (COVID-19) is to wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day.

• You should also be sure to catch any cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it, and wash your hands.

• You should also avoid touching surfaces and then your mouth or eyes.

What to do if you have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should self-isolate for 7 days.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:

• New continuous cough and/or
• Fever / high temperature (37.8C or greater)

If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days then you should phone your GP Practice or NHS24 on 111 if your GP Practice is closed. Full guidance and information including the latest health and travel advice is available on NHS Inform’s coronavirus page – www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

For the general public who are planning to travel abroad, guidance can be found on fitfortravel – www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home