THERE are “long queues of people” waiting at a Borders hospital’s emergency department, according to the region’s health board.

Last week NHS Borders said it was experiencing extreme pressures across the health and social care system.

And on Monday (January 8), a spokesperson said the situation had not eased, with Borders General Hospital remaining at capacity.

The spokesperson said: “Our beds are full, and our emergency department is exceptionally busy, with long queues of people waiting to be admitted.

“Please only attend the department if it is a life-threatening emergency.

“If you do need to attend, you may have to wait longer to be seen. If you have a minor injury or urgent health problem which isn't life-threatening, call NHS 24 on 111.

“Calling 111 first will help us to reduce pressure on our staff and services and help you to get the right care in the right place - often closer to home and without the need to visit the emergency department.

“If your family member is fit to be discharged from hospital, please help us to get them home quickly when they are well enough by being ready and available to collect them or support their discharge to their next place of care.”