Visiting at hospitals in the Scottish Borders is being suspended with immediate effect.
It's to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect patients and staff.
These restrictions will be applied with the exception of the special care baby unit, labour ward, children’s ward, and for patients receiving end of life care.
Health bosses stress if anyone visiting the wards who suspects they may have the virus, or has been in contact with someone who has it to stay away from the hospitals.
The following restrictions apply:
- Labour Ward: One visitor/ birthing partner is permitted and must remain within the maternity area at all timesSpecial Care Baby Unit: Only one parent per baby is permitted to visit (unless in exceptional circumstances) and should remain with the child at all times.
- Children’s Ward: Only parents are permitted to visit and should remain with their child at all times.
- End of Life Care: Please speak to the nurse in charge of the area where your family member is being cared for to make appropriate arrangements. Only parents are permitted to visit and should remain with their child at all times.
Hospitals in Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway have also closed their doors to visitors to prevent the spread of Covid-19.