Borders hospital hit by norovirus

Borders General Hospital.
Borders General Hospital.

Visitors to two wards at the Borders General Hospital at Melrose are being “strongly discouraged” after an outbreak of norovirus was confirmed.

Ward four is affected by confirmed cases, with patients on ward 12 also experiencing symptoms.

Tim Patterson, joint director of public health for the Borders, said: “Norovirus is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea and vomiting illness. It is very infectious and spreads quickly between people.

“Action by patients, visitors and staff can help support us to deliver safe patient care and minimise the impact of a potential norovirus outbreak, and we are urging visitors to comply with any instructions you are given by staff or signs that you see at the entrances to wards.

“This is vital to protect yourselves and your loved ones from catching this unpleasant virus.”

NHS Borders says visitors to the affected wards are strongly discouraged, and all relatives and carers are being asked to carefully consider visiting the hospital.