Area Forum looks at health and transport

Transport links and health representation are being looked at ahead of the next Berwickshire Area Forum.

The next Berwickshire Area Forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 4 at 6.30pm at the Council Chamber in Duns.

In anticipation of that meeting, Councillor Michael Cook said this week: “NHS Borders representatives were present at the last meeting of the Berwickshire Area Forum, and we look forward to them being a routine presence going forward.

“Ms Edwina Cameron and Dr Sheena MacDonald fielded questions on a number of topics including the Out of Hours Service in Berwickshire, Accident & Emergency waiting times and the redesign of Podiatry Services. Two things were clear from our discussion.

“Firstly, members of the Forum were keen to highlight the difficulties in accessing some services and the extent to which residents of Berwickshire often feel remote from services based in the Central Borders and/or planned principally in Melrose.

“Secondly, the wide-ranging discussion indicated that members of the Forum, on behalf of communities across Berwickshire, wished to broaden the dialogue to include other elements of our health services, as many issues encountered by Berwickshire residents are common across different services. This explains the invitation to the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS 24 to join us at the next BAF on 4th June.

A sub-group of the Strategic Transport Board is also looking at local access issues.