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Fresh outbreak of norovirus hits two local hospitals

Evelyn Fleck, director of nursing and midwifery for NHS Borders

Evelyn Fleck, director of nursing and midwifery for NHS Borders

VISITORS are once again being urged to stay away from hospital wards following another outbreak of norovirus.

Wards at the BGH and Haylodge Hospital in Peebles are currently affected.

After a lengthy outbreak in January at the BGH, things improved greatly last month.

However on Friday, NHS Borders appealed to people not to visit friends or relatives in hospital unless “absolutely necessary”.

Evelyn Fleck, director of nursing and midwifery said: “In order to control the spread of norovirus we urge the public to comply with our request and to stay away from the hospital.

“The diarrhoea and vomiting illness is usually over within 48 hours, but is highly infectious, which is why NHS Borders needs to limit the number of people moving in and out of the hospital.

“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.”

Haylodge is closed to admissions, as are Cauldshiels and Ward 9 at the BGH. Bays in Wards 4 and 6 are also affected.

 

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