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Expected rise in cases of meningitis

Cases of meningitis and septicaemia are expected to rise over the winter and a leading charity is urging greater awareness of the symptoms.

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Outpatient care changes on the way

Outpatient care changes on the way

A Scottish Government plan was unveiled this week that will change how outpatient care is delivered.

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Borders General Hospital

Hospital doctors failed to diagnose a fractured foot twice

A series of recommendations have been made following Borders General Hospital’s failure to diagnose a fractured foot on two separate occasions.

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The Scottish Government and NHS Education for Scotland will be surveying female doctors.

Improving support for rape victims

Female doctors in Scotland are to be surveyed to find out what more can be done to encourage their participation in forensic examinations for sexual assault victims.

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HIV: Do you know your status? If not, get tested...

HIV: Do you know your status? If not, get tested...

HIV has NOT been cured so it’s important for people who think they may be at risk to get tested.

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edburgh GP Ruth Dorward, centre, with Shona Robison, the Scottish Governments Health and Sport Secretary, and Gregor Smith, deputy chief medical officer for Scotland.

Jedburgh’s Doctor Ruth celebrating success at national awards ceremony

A Borders doctor is celebrating after having her dedication to duty recognised at this year’s Scottish Health Awards.

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Public health minister Aileen Campbell (right) recently visited NHS Scotland's national distribution centre.

NHS ready for winter challenges

The NHS in Scotland is preparing to be on the “front foot” this winter and the public and local communities are being encourage to do the same to do the same.

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Michelle Parkins at the Scottish Parliament with Donald Cameron MSP and Jo Jerrome, CEO of Thrombosis UK.

Being thrombosis aware

Experiencing a life threatening deep vein thrombosis after a trip abroad led a Berwick girl to fund raise and increase awareness of the condition.

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Debbie McGill (Galashiels Library), Steph Mackenzie (health improvement specialist) Emmie Mackay, (Conversations for Change) and Shirley Barrett (SBC joint health improvement team) at the Borders Mental Health Day event.

Mental health in spotlight

World Mental Health Day was marked in the Borders last week at an event hosted by Live Borders and Scottish Borders Council.

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Discharging  patients from hospital relies on a support system at home.

Co-ordination crucial for winter health plan to work

For the Borders 2016 winter health plan to work, there will have to be better co-ordination between social work and hospital discharge teams, it has been admitted.

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Chirnside Ambulance Service receive new equipment donated by Greenvale AP.

Chirnside paramedics benefit from fund-raising drive

Chirnside ambulance crew received a potentially life-saving donation from generous staff at Duns-based potato firm Greenvale AP recently.

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The cost of alcohol and drug misuse

The cost of alcohol and drug misuse

A total of £1.78 million was available to deal with alcohol and drugs misuse in the Borders during 2015-16.

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Pictured with new defibrillator at Scottish Borders Council HQ in Newtown St Boswells are, from left, the council's Jim Fraser, George Luke of Newtown and Eildon Community Council, Colin Baxter of the Scottish Ambulance Service, Scott Forbes of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and Roger French of Newtown and Eildon Community Council.

Defibrillator installed at council HQ

A defibrillator has been installed at the main entrance to Scottish Borders Council’s headquarters at Newtown in the hope of potentially saving lives in years to come.

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NHS Borders.

£1M lost in missed appointments

A new campaign is informing patients of the heavy financial impact of missed appointments on NHS Borders services.

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The Border General Hospital near Melrose in The Scottish Borders.

Complaint about hospital care for mum is upheld

A complaint that staff at Borders General Hospital put in place a do-not-resuscitate order for a patient without consulting relatives has been upheld.

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Former Duns physio and Brian Clark, the man he brought back from the dead

Former Duns physio saved heart attack victim’s life

Public access defibrillators are to be found in increasing numbers of towns and villages across the region, and former Duns physiotherapist Stuart Barton has proved how vital they are.

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There have been no out-of-hours GPs based at the Knoll since 2014.

Funding agreed for two more out-of-hours GPs

Funding for an additional two GPs to join the Borders out-of-hours health care team is part of the latest Scottish Government effort to tackle primary care issues.

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Borders General Hospital.

Hospital ward still closed due to norovirus outbreak

A ward at Borders General Hospital remains closed due to the latest in a series of outbreaks of norovirus.

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Borders General Hospital.

Hospital needs more help to cut number of op cancellations, ministers told

More than half of operations cancelled at Borders General Hospital are being called off because of shortages of staff or other resources, ministers have been told.

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Borders General Hospital

BGH fell short of appropriate care

NHS Borders has apologised to the family of an elderly woman after accepting that she did not receive “appropriate care” in the Borders General Hospital before her death.

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