NHS Borders continue to face significant pressure in the Borders General Hospital and across the wider health system. There is still a very high demand for in-patient beds, including rising numbers of patients who are being admitted with COVID-19.

As a result a difficult decision has been taken to cancel all scheduled routine operations for a further three weeks (6 – 26 September). Affected patients are being contacted directly.

Taking this decision is not easy but it is necessary to make sure that vital services are able to continue during this challenging time.

This measure will release staff and ensure that sufficient capacity is available to help ease some of the current pressures across the Borders General Hospital, particularly in our ITU where we are treating a number of high acuity patients. All emergency and urgent cancer procedures will be carried out as planned.

This decision was not taken lightly and will be kept under review into next week.

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