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Borders 'snow baby' born amidst the Beast from the East

Muriel Masson and her baby, Aidan Credit: ITV Border

A baby in the Borders has been born on the way to hospital amidst a red weather warning and two feet of snowfall brought by the Beast from the East.

Muriel Masson had planned a home birth from her house in Yarrow Valley in the Scottish Borders, but when baby Aidan decided to come early those plans changed.

Murial had to be picked up by a special Scottish 4x4 ambulance to be taken to Borders General Hospital, but baby Aidan came so quickly she gave birth five miles from her home.


Man hospitalised after stand-off with police in the Borders

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A 39-year-old man has been taken to Borders General Hospital after a stand-off with police in Ettrickbridge.

Several police vehicles, including a riot van, ambulances and a fire crew arrived at the scene around 8pm last night, Thursday 22 June, following reports of a house being damaged.

Access roads to the village, which is near Selkirk, were also blocked by patrol cars.

We were called to an address in Ettrickbridge, near Selkirk on Thursday following a report of concern for a person within. Specialist and local emergency resources were deployed in the area to maintain public and officer safety. A 39-year-old man is currently in hospital for assessment. Local residents are thanked for their patience whilst officers dealt with the incident.

– Police Scotland Spokesperson


Borders hospital ward remains shut by norovirus

Borders General Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Ward Four at the Borders General Hospital remains shut, because of a norovirus outbreak.

NHS Borders says the situation is being managed by its Infection Prevention and Control Team, with support from frontline colleagues.

I would like to thank the public for their co-operation in limiting visits to the hospital whilst norovirus is present.

Over the weekend visitors to Ward 4 remain strongly discouraged, 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.”

– Evelyn Rodger, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Acute Services

Norovirus is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea and vomiting illness. It is very infectious and spreads quickly between people. This is why outbreaks happen in hospitals where a number of people are sharing facilities. However it doesn’t just occur in hospitals, and can start abruptly and spread quickly through communities.

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 Ed James, Consultant Microbiologist

NHS Borders: Cancelled operations double

Borders General Hospital Credit: ITV Border

NHS Borders have put the high level of cancelled operations in August down to a failure in a specialist ventilation system used in the operating theatre.

Explaining the health board’s commitment to patient safety, Evelyn Rodger, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Acute Services said:

I recognise that a cancelled procedure is extremely frustrating for a patient and their family. The safety and clinical needs of our patients will always be considered first.

The failure of the laminar air flow system has had quite an impact on our theatre cancellations this month. Immediate action was taken to fix the problem with this highly specialist piece of equipment, but it did mean that one of the theatres was out of action for four days.

August also saw a high number of emergency admissions requiring surgery, which meant that in nine cases, the emergency procedures took clinical priority.

No one takes a decision to cancel a procedure lightly – it matters too much to our patients - and a dedicated piece of work is underway to improve our performance in this area.”

– Evelyn Rodger, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Acute Services

Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland and health spokesperson, has said that the SNP Government needs address why NHS Borders is continuing to cancel operations for non-clinical reasons.

The comments came after the numbers released show the percentage of cancelled operations in NHS Borders is higher than the national average.

The latest statistics show that 7.7% of operations were cancelled in the Borders due to capacity or non-clinical reasons in August, twice that of recent months (3.8% in July and 3.9% in June).

of operations were cancelled in the Borders due to capacity or non-clinical reasons in August.

Mr Hume commented:

Questions need to be asked of the Health Secretary as to why NHS Borders is continually being forced to cancel operations due to capacity or non-clinical reasons, and why there’s now a doubling of cancellations since June.

Clearly the SNP Government isn’t putting enough support where it should be, resulting in staff shortages and added pressure on existing staff. That’s no good for patient health and safety, and it’s no good for staff morale.

A lack of support from the SNP government means our hard working NHS staff are consistently being asked to do more with less, and patients are being made to take the hit through cancelled operations.”

– Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP

Ewan Jones, 11, raises money for children's ward

Ewan presents the cheques. Credit: NHS Borders

An 11-year-old boy from Galashiels has raised £354 for the Children's Ward at the Borders General Hospital, and the Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children.

Ewan Jones ran up and down all three of the Eildon peaks in the Scottish Borders.

He was diagnosed with a rare eye condition called Iritis, almost three years ago.

Ewan’s story is quite remarkable. He treats life with great determination; he has overcome his illness with great determination and ran over the Eildons with great determination, especially given the torrential rain on the day.

We are really proud of him and delighted that he has raised this money for the Ward.”

– Mandy Headspeath, NHS Borders
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