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.
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.
Hay Lodge Hospital in Peebles and wards at Border General Hospital (BGH) remain closed to admissions because of Norovirus.
Wards 4, 9 and 10 at BGH are closed because of the illness.
Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhoea.
NHS Borders say the closures are precautionary measures to stop the virus from spreading
Borders General hospital will reopen the ward closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug norovirus this evening.
Ward 10, the Department of Medicine for the Elderly, will once against be open to visitors.
Two bays in Ward 12 and one bay in Ward 4 remain closed due to norovirus symptoms.
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.
- diarrhoea and/or vomiting lasting for 12-72 hours
- 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.
Ward 10 at the Borders General Hospital remains closed to admissions due to the confirmed presence of Norovirus.
In addition two sections of Ward 12 and one in Ward 4 are currently closed due to gastro-intestinal symptoms.
Visitors to Ward 10 are strongly discouraged 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.
Ward 10 remains closed at Borders General Hospital due to an outbreak of the norovirus.
The Department of Medicine for the Elderly Ward 10 at the Borders General Hospital remains closed to admissions due to the confirmed presence of Norovirus.
In addition two bays in Ward 12 and one bay in Ward 4 are currently closed due to gastro-intestinal symptoms.
Friends and family of patients in all other wards are asked to limit their visits if possible.
Outpatient appointments are unaffected.
Ward 18 remains closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary due to the norovirus outbreak.
Advice to members of the public wishing to visit the closed ward is as follows:
Routine visiting to Ward 18 remains suspended. If relatives are concerned about their loved ones, they should contact the ward for advice before coming to the hospital.
Members of the public visiting other areas of the hospital are asked to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place.If you have experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting please allow at least 48 hours since your last symptom before visiting the hospital.
Ward 10 at the Borders General Hospital remains closed to admissions due to the presence of the Norovirus.
In addition one bay each on wards 5 and 12 are currently closed due to patients with symptoms of the winter vomiting bug.
Visitors to Ward 10 are strongly discouraged at this time 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.
Two more sections of wards at the Borders General Hospital (BGH) have been closed due to the 'winter vomiting bug'.
Ward ten at BGH was closed last week after norovirus was discovered. It has now also been found in a bay in both ward four and ward 12.
Visitors are still being strongly discouraged.