BOSSES at NHS Borders have made a desperate call to arms as snow continues to prevent staff reaching the wards and the homes of the ill.

An appeal has been made for both clinical and support staff to make themselves available over the next few days.

A spokesman told us: "We fully understand the challenges that the current adverse weather poses and are working really hard to get staff in to work.

"With no immediate improvement in the weather forecast we are now urging all staff who can make themselves available for work over the next four days to get in touch.

"This is a call to all staff, both clinical and those who work in support services."

Many doctors, nurses and carers have worked additional hours to provide cover.

But, with many remote communities cut off and even some main roads close to impassable, only a limited number of staff are reaching their workplace.

The spokesman added: "We would like to thank, once again, all our staff who are working round the clock to continue to deliver care to our patients both in the community and our hospitals.

"As well as staff to work at the BGH and community hospitals we are also looking for staff members with suitable vehicles who can help us transport staff."

Anyone who can work is asked to phone 01896 826904 today with their availability.

Attempts will be made to provide transport.