THE Borders General Hospital remains at capacity according to NHS Borders.

All beds are full and the Emergency Department is still exceptionally busy, with a number of people requiring admission.

This is impacting the length of time that patients are waiting.

NHS Borders is now appealing for those who have a minor injury or urgent health problem which isn't life-threatening, to call NHS 24 on 111.

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NHS24 will signpost you to the right place to get the advice or care that you need.

You may need to wait a while for your call to be answered or for a member of the team to call you back, but this can be done in the comfort of your own home.

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If you do need to be seen you may be given an appointment time to minimise the time you need to spend in the department.

This also reduces pressure on NHS staff.

If you think that your condition is immediately life threatening you should call 999.