NHS Borders restricts visitor times across the region’s hospitals

NHS Borders has restricted visiting times in all its hospitals due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, with immediate effect.

By Kevin Janiak
Sunday, 15th March 2020, 11:06 am
Coronavirus testing outside the BGH.
Coronavirus testing outside the BGH.

Times are now limited to between 3-4pm and 7-8pm, and Borderers are being asked not to visit if it is not essential.

There is a maximum of two visitors per patient, and children under 12 should stay at home.

Also, all those who do visit are asked to use the hand gel supplied when entering and leaving clinical areas.

Director of acute services at NHS Borders, Nicky Berry, said: “We must ensure that we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk of infection to our patients and hope that visitors will understand this is a sensible and necessary step to take as we manage the evolving coronavirus situation.

“We are asking people to think carefully before coming into any of our hospitals to visit their family members and friends. If they believe their visit to be essential then please adhere to the two new visiting sessions of 3pm to 4pm and 7pm to 8pm.

“A maximum of two visitors per patient is allowed and, again, this is to make sure we are preventing spread of infection as much as we possibly can. Please make sure that hand gel is used before entering and when leaving the clinical areas.

“For those patients in critical care areas and receiving end-of-life care, we would ask that visitors discuss visiting times locally with the senior charge nurse/nurse in charge of the ward.

“Finally, we are asking everyone not to visit our hospitals if they have any flu-like symptoms, a cough, a fever or a cold – or if they generally feel unwell.”

What to do if you have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVOD-19)

It has been announced by the Scottish Government that as of Friday, March 13, anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should self-isolate for seven days.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature.

If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days then people should be advised to phone their GP or NHS24 (by dialling 111).

For the latest health and travel advice, see NHS Inform’s coronavirus page - www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

For the general public who are planning to travel abroad, guidance can be found on fitfortravel - www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home