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NHS Borders apologise for dying woman's pain

NHS Borders has apologised Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

NHS Borders has apologised after pain relief for a dying woman in the last hours of her life was delayed.

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman upheld a complaint from the patient's daughter, over care provided at Borders General Hospital.

They've made four recommendations, and have stated the patient, called Mrs A, suffered unnecessarily because staff failed to check her condition despite family members reporting her distress.

It added that drugs could have provided some relief, if they had been administered earlier.

Norovirus 3 month outbreak a 'concern'

Concerns about a three month outbreak of a sickness bug at the Borders General Hospital have been raised in the Scottish Parliament.

Norovirus has lead to the closure of one ward and restrictions on another.

MSP Christine Grahame says it is taking too long to resolve the issue and raised the issue during First Minister's Questions. First Minister Alex Salmond said he would ask the Scottish Health Secretary to look into it.

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Norovirus keeps wards closed at Borders hospital

Ward 12 continues to be closed to admissions because of Norovirus Credit: ITV News Border

Two wards at the Borders General Hospital remain closed due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

Ward 12 is still closed to admissions and one bay in ward 10 is closed due to the virus.

Visitors are still being strongly discouraged if they or anyone they know has shown symptoms of the illness.

NHS Borders says the situation is being managed by one of their infection control teams.

Sickness bug strikes at Borders hospital

A ward at a hospital in the Scottish Borders is closed to admissions because of an outbreak of the winter sickness bug.

In addition to ward 12 being closed at Borders General Hospital, one bay in Ward 10 is also shut.

Health experts say the the Norovirus has been sweeping across Scotland recently.

Anyone who suspects they may have the symptoms, which include sickness and diarrhoea, is advised not to visit anyone at the hospital to prevent its spread.

Biker treated in hospital

A motorcyclst has been treated in hospital after being thrown from his machine in a single vehicle accident in the Scottish Borders.

The 21-year-old male came off his bike on the A68 road between Lauder and Oxton near to the junction with the A697 around 2pm yesterday (April 18).

The road was closed and diversions put in place while the emergency services were at the scene.The motorcyclist was taken to Borders General Hospital with what are described as "non life-threatening injuries."

Norovirus improvement at Borders General Hospital

Norovirus at the Borders General Hospital is still present but the hospital reports an improving picture, with only one ward remaining closed.

NHS Borders Infection Control Team are managing the situation with support from frontline colleagues.

The virus is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea and vomiting and can occur at any time of year.

Norovirus is very infectious and spreads quickly between people.

As a precaution visits are being discouraged.

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Wards remain closed at Borders hospitals

The Norovirus outbreak in continuing to affect wards in Borders General Hospital and Haylodge Hospital in Peebles.

Ward 10 in Borders General Hospital remains closed. The Border Stroke unit and Wards 4 and 7 each have one bay closed also.

Haylodge Hospital in Peebles has reopened today with two bays remaining closed.

Visiting continues to be discouraged and and the general advice is to stay away from the hospital if you or anyone in your family has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours.

This advice applies especially to children.

Friends and family of patients in all wards are asked to limit their visits to no more than 2 at any one time.

Outpatient appointments remain unaffected.

Norovirus: All you need to know

Norovirus or ‘winter vomiting bug’ is one of the commonest causes of diarrhoea and vomiting illness.

The virus spreads through communities just like the flu does. It is very infectious and spreads quickly between people.

Symptoms include:

  • diarrhoea and/or vomiting lasting for 12-72 hours
  • headache
  • fever
  • muscle aches

You should avoid going to hospital or any other healthcare facility if you or other members of your family have had any symptoms in the past 48 hours.

Anyone can get the infection and it can be serious in the very young, frail or older people who are vulnerable to the effects of dehydration.

Treatment requires drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty rest so your body can fight the infection.

For more information about Norovirus visit the NHS website.

If you are worried about the virus, you should call NHS 24, your local health clinic or GP.

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