PARKING rules are getting reintroduced at the Borders General Hospital (BGH).

NHS Borders has issued a statement saying “normal parking measures” will return at the hospital from Monday, August 3.

Fixed Penalty Notices will be handed out where necessary, the health board says.

NHS Borders' finance director Andrew Bone said: “I would like to thank everyone in advance for their co-operation with these measures.”

The changes come as the Melrose hospital starts bringing back more services following the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the full statement from Andrew Bone - the director of finance, estates and facilities

“Providing safe patient care is our priority and this starts the minute people arrive on our premises.

“Our designated short stay car parking spaces are there to enable people to find a car parking space easily, and as close to the hospital as possible.

“Any car park user wishing to park all day should use one of the long stay car parks.

“In order to minimise footfall across our sites the advice remains that if you are able to attend an appointment on your own then please do so.

“Please also remember that visiting remains restricted to one designated visitor and is by appointment only, unless in exceptional circumstances.

“We are also encouraging staff to utilise long stay car parks or, if they can, cycle or walk all or part of the way to work in order to reduce pressure on car parks as patient footfall increases.

“I would like to thank everyone in advance for their cooperation with these measures.”