NHS Borders norovirus

Borders General Hospital
Borders General Hospital

NHS Borders Chief Executive Calum Campbell has met with Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil and MSP Christine Grahame to discuss the Norovirus outbreaks at the Borders General Hospital.

Norovirus has been less prevalent in Scotland this year, the quietest Norovirus season since 2008. However NHS Borders has seen a large number of Norovirus cases in the community affecting schools and care homes. Due to the highly infectious nature of the virus, transmission into the BGH has therefore been very difficult to prevent. This year’s Norovirus activity in the Borders is not considered abnormal.

NHS Borders promoted Health Scotland’s ‘Stay at Home’ campaign and reinforced this message locally with ward closure updates.

Following her discussion with First Minister Alex Salmond two weeks ago, MSP Christine Grahame welcomed yesterday’s meeting: “It has assured me that the outbreaks at the BGH are not unusual. I have asked to be kept personally updated.”