A BORDERS care home has found a safe way for residents to receive visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Grange Hall Care Home, in Melrose, has installed a plastic screen with an intercom system which allows families to speak to each other without risk of infection.

Grange Hall’s managing director Richard Lewis said: "Sometimes it's the simplest ideas that work the best."

The plastic sheet, which Mr Lewis described as an "effective barrier", is cleaned and disinfected after each use.

The method was approved by an infection control officer and the Care Inspectorate before it was put in place last week, said Mr Lewis.

Residents and visitors alike have been impressed with the system, according to Mr Lewis, with appointment slots almost fully booked.

"People love it – there's been a very good reaction,” said Mr Lewis.

He added: "It's been a difficult period for vulnerable people. It was something that we had to do."

The care home is still only allowing one household to visit at a time, as per Scottish Government guidance.