More than 100 new nurses are going to be recruited as NHS Forth Valley struggles to cope with demand and pressure.

80 of those will be based at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, where last week it was revealed A&E waiting times fell short of the Scottish Government s four-hour target once again.

Health bosses say that because of a rise in coronavirus cases over the past week, this has put significant pressure on local health and care services as they also respond to rising numbers of seriously ill people with complex needs, both in the community and local hospitals.

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An additional 80 plus Healthcare Support Workers will also be recruited to support local care at home services which are also experiencing severe service pressures due to Covid-19.

Over 50 additional inpatient beds and treatment areas, including additional beds in Forth Valley Royal Hospital, local community hospitals and social care facilities, will be created.

Here are some of the other measure being put in place over the coming weeks:

Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley, said: "We have and continue to experience unprecedented pressures on our services, however, despite this, our staff continue to show great professionalism, commitment, and compassion for local patients and each other.

"Likewise, we are also seeing increasing demand for care in our communities along with significant staffing challenges.

"So far, we have managed to maintain the delivery of a wide range of outpatient clinics, diagnostic scans and planned operations however this is being kept under regular review in line with available capacity.

"Both local Health and Social Care Partnerships and our colleagues in primary care are doing everything possible to meet demand and enable prompt transfers of care to support local patients and their families at this very difficult time."