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Norovirus: unnecessary visitors asked to avoid Borders General Hospital

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Borders General Hospital has asked the public to avoid visiting this weekend"unless absolutely necessary" following an outbreak of norovirus.

The Department of Medicine for the Elderly at the hospital is currently closed to admissions and two bays in Ward 4 are also closed.

In addition, two bays at Haylodge Hospital in Peebles have been closed due to patients experiencing symptoms of the winter vomiting bug.

If visiting this weekend is absolutely necessary, staff have warned that visits should be limited to two visitors per patient at any one time and that visits with children are being actively discouraged.

In order to safeguard vulnerable patients and enable us to limit the spread of this highly infectious virus, members of the public are being asked not to visit relatives and friends at the BGH this weekend unless absolutely necessary.

“The hospital can be very busy at the weekends with visitors. 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 D&V illness is usually over within 48 hrs, 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.”

– Evelyn Rodger, NHS Borders Director of Nursing and Midwifery

NHS Trust 'welcomes open and honest debate'

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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has responded to the Royal College of Nursing's six-point plan to improve healthcare in the region.

The Trust says it welcomes "open and honest debate":

The Trust very much welcomes an open and honest debate about how we can create safe and sustainable services for the future.

We are committed to playing our part in integrating care across primary, acute and social care and working closely with colleagues in partner organisations to address the challenges we all face. Providing safe and sustainable services for the long-term is our absolute priority and this, in turn, will help us to attract more staff to work in North Cumbria. The Trust Board has recognised that we need further investment into nursing recruitment and development – something I feel very strongly about.

This year we are seeing two intakes of student nurses at the University of Cumbria and the nursing cadet scheme at Lakes College is fantastic. We are also continuing to recruit international nurses as we closely monitor our nurse staffing levels to ensure safe care at all times.

As nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, we have a privileged and unique opportunity to directly shape the experiences of our patients and their families/carers. It is my absolute belief that by working together across organisational boundaries and with a clear sense of direction and identified priorities, we can lead the way in standards of care, education and clinical research, to meet the challenges we collectively face in Cumbria.”

– Gail Naylor, executive director of nursing & midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

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New car park opens at Borders General Hospital

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An extra thirty-eight long stay parking spaces are now open for use at the Borders General Hospital.

The new Car Park 8, which was built after safety concerns were raised by patients, visitors, and staff, was completed last week.

It's hoped the new facility will free up more short stay spaces situated closer to the hospital for patients and visitors to use during clinic and visiting times.

"Inconsiderate and inappropriate parking on the Borders General Hospital site was increasing and was putting people at risk.

In recognising this we took proactive action to address the problems that were being experienced and we continue to monitor the use of the car parks to allow further developments, such as creating these additional spaces."

– EVELYN RODGER, INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ACUTE SERVICES

New car park opens at Borders General Hospital

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An extra thirty-eight long stay parking spaces are now open for use at the Borders General Hospital.

The new Car Park 8, which was built after safety concerns were raised by patients, visitors, and staff, was completed last week.

It's hoped the new facility will free up more short stay spaces situated closer to the hospital for patients and visitors to use during clinic and visiting times.

"Inconsiderate and inappropriate parking on the Borders General Hospital site was increasing and was putting people at risk.

In recognising this we took proactive action to address the problems that were being experienced and we continue to monitor the use of the car parks to allow further developments, such as creating these additional spaces."

– Evelyn Rodger, Interim Director of Acute Services

Nursing union proposes improvements to healthcare in Cumbria

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The Royal College of Nursing is launching its vision for the future of healthcare in Cumbria.

At the moment all the major hospitals in the county are in special measures after a number of failings were identified.

The RCN is asking all the prospective parliamentary candidates in Cumbria to sign up to a series of principles, aimed at bringing long-term improvements to the county's healthcare.

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Norovirus closes parts of Borders General Hospital

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The Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) at the Borders General Hospital is currently closed to admissions due norovirus.

One bay in Ward 4 has also been also closed.

Visiting the DME is strongly discouraged at this time, and the general advice is to stay away from any hospital ward if you, or anyone in your family, has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours

It is vital to protect yourselves and your loved ones from catching this unpleasant virus. Patients, visitors and staff can help minimise the spread by complying with instructions given by staff and paying attention to the signs at the entrances to the hospital and wards.”

– Dr Tim Patterson, NHS Borders’ Consultant in Public Health Medicine

'Especially vigilant' Community Wardens could be finding more needles

Authorities in Dumfries and Galloway are investigating a 40% rise in the number of discarded needles found in the region.

They say it's currently unclear whether there are in fact more syringes, or whether the increase is due to "especially vigilant" Community Wardens being more effective at finding them.

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