Visitors have been banned from all NHS Borders sites in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The exceptions to the rule, announced on March 24, are those visiting the special care baby unit, labour ward, children’s ward, and patients receiving end-of-life care.

However, visitors suspecting they have the virus - or those who have come into contact with anyone who has it - should contact the Nurse in Charge before attending, said NHS Borders.

Director of Nursing Nicky Berry said: "We recognise that being unable to visit loved ones places considerable emotional strain on family members and carers.

"However, given the current circumstances, it is the right thing to do and we ask the people of the Borders to respect and comply with this very difficult decision that has been taken."