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Peebles hospital closed to admissions

The hospital is closed to admissions. Credit: PA

A hospital in Peebles has been closed to admissions, due to a number of patients experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms.

NHS Borders says the measure at Hay Lodge Hospital is a precaution, and that routine visits are strongly discouraged.

Relatives and carers are asked to carefully consider their visits, 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.

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Hospice Care Week: Eden Valley Hospice

The Eden Valley Hospice cares for people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families.

It needs almost £4million a year to cover costs, but their donations dropped after Storm Desmond three years ago.

To mark Hospice Care Week, our reporter Tim Backshall has been to meet some of the patients, staff and volunteers:

WATCH: Contaminated blood inquiry re-opens old wounds

A Cumbrian woman has welcomed a new inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, but says it is painful to watch and is re-opening old wounds.

Nina Douglas lost her father, John Cowan, when he was just 36. He contracted HIV from a drug he used to control his haemophilia.

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Bed restrictions to remain at Newton Stewart Hospital

More nurses are needed. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/PA Images

A limit on the number of beds at Newton Stewart Cottage Hospital is to remain for the foreseeable future.

The decision to reduce the number of inpatient beds from 22 to 14 was taken in May 2018, because of problems recruiting nursing staff to the hospital.

Since then, all patients who have needed a bed have been accommodated.

Dumfries and Galloway's Health and Social Care Partnership say they have succeeded in employing more nurses, and that they had planned to lift the restriction in September.

However, some nursing staff have now moved to the Galloway Community Hospital, leaving the facility in Newton Stewart once again short of staff.

The Health and Social Care senior management team will be updated within the next three months on whether to lift the cap on beds.

While we very much welcome that staff have chosen to continue to work within Wigtownshire in other busy, demanding frontline roles, we are unfortunately not able to lift the bed limit at the cottage hospital at this time.

– Graham Abrines, General Manager of Community Health and Social Care
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