Restrictions tighten at Peebles hospital due to covid-19 fears

Visits to patients in Haylodge Hospital in Peebles has been suspended with immediate effect.

By Kevin Janiak
Monday, 23rd March 2020, 10:27 am
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 10:28 am
Haylodge Hospital in Peebles.
Haylodge Hospital in Peebles.

The decision by NHS Borders comes a week after the Tweed and Neidpath surgeries closed following one of the staff testing positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson for the health borad said: “As a precautionary measure and in order to protect our patients, staff and their families, visiting to Haylodge Community Hospital in Peebles is suspended with immediate effect.

“We ask that the public respect this decision.

“For patients receiving end-of-life care, please discuss this with the Senior Charge Nurse.”

The Tweed and Neidpath health centres will be operating an emergency service only as of this morning.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted coronavirus, i.e. if they have have developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last seven days, is asked to stay at home for seven days, and are asked not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.

Additionally, you should only phone your GP if your symptoms have not improved after seven days, are severe or you have shortness of breath, or worsen during home isolation.

You should also phone your GP if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you are 60 years old or over, have underlying poor health, have heart or lung problems, have a weakened immune system, including cancer, or have diabetes.

If your GP surgery is closed, phone NHS 24 on 111.

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you need to contact the practices for a non COVID-19 related issue, you are asked to only phone if absolutely necessary.

Patients are asked not to turn up to the health centre unless they have been asked to do so.