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Borders Hospital to be criticised in report

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A report due to published today is expected to criticise hygiene and cleanliness at the Borders General Hospital.

The Health Environment Inspectorate report will be particularly critical of conditions in operating theatres.

An action plan to improve cleaning techniques at the hospital has already been put in place.

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Plan to improve hygiene at Borders General Hospital

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An action plan to improve cleanliness and hygiene techniques has been put in place at operating theatres at Borders General Hospital.

The move comes ahead of a report by the Scottish government's Health Environment Inspectorate, which is expected to be critical.

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

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

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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

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

NHS Borders apologise for dying woman's pain

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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.

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