Norovirus hits Kelso hospital

HEALTH chiefs confirmed this week that the Borders is still experiencing cases of norovirus and this is having an impact on the hospitals, with Kelso Hospital inpatient area now being closed to admissions.

Dr Ed James, consultant microbiologist with the NHS Borders infection control team, said: “We close wards to admissions when cases of norovirus develop because this infection can spread extremely easily between people in such a closed environment and the healthcare of our patients and staff is our main concern.

“Staff are working with our infection control team using enhanced infection control measures to minimise disruption and visitors are asked to comply with any instructions they are given by staff.

“In particular, we would ask people to avoid going to hospital or any other healthcare facility if they or members of their family have had diarrhoea or vomiting within the past 48 hours.”

NHS Borders has issued guidance for those considering visitingt he hospital.

It includes advice that children should not be brought to Kelso Hospital to visit patients in the affected areas and that people should consider postponing visits to friends or relatives particularly over the next few days.