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Borders hospital cut off by floods

The entrance to the only accident and emergency hospital in the Scottish Borders was sealed off due to heavy flooding earlier today.

A local burn running beside Borders General Hospital near Melrose, Roxburghshire, burst its banks sending water pouring into the car parks.

The only access was by Chiefswood Road in Melrose, a back road which leads into the hospital grounds.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service sent three tenders to start pumping water out of the car parks which were evacuated as cars became stranded under several inches of water.

After about 5pm the natural water resources were receding. As a result we were able to pump the water into Huntly Burn but damming the burn further upstream.

Scottish Borders Council's emergency planning team and NHS Borders officials also assisted with the clear-up operation.

– Spokesperson, Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service

Police closed off the main entrance at the Melrose by-pass turn-off and advised motorists to stay away from the area.

Patient Paul Graham from Galashiels just managed to move his car in time as it was surrounding by water.

The heavy rain for the past two days finally took its toll on the Huntly Burn and there was water everywhere.

– Paul Graham, Patient

Legionnaires disease, public reassured

Following confirmation that a man has been admitted into Carlisle's Cumberland with suspected Legionnaires disease, health professionals are keen to reassure people that this is not a new outbreak.

The gentleman was visiting the region from Edinburgh when he fell ill and there's no chance of infection. Dr Nigel Calvert is the Associate Director of Public Health, NHS Cumbria.

Suspected Legionnaires case

Health officials have confirmed that a man from Edinburgh has been admitted into Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary with suspected Legionnaires disease.

It's believed he was visiting Cumbria when he took ill.

Health bosses are keen to reassure the public and have explained that the disease is not infectious and this case is not a new outbreak. One man has died and there are currently 24 confirmed cases of the disease and 37 suspected cases. They are all centred on Edinburgh.

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