Doctor takes charge of care at Duns hospital

Doctor Bruce Auld, inpatients doctor at Knoll Hospital, Duns.
Doctor Bruce Auld, inpatients doctor at Knoll Hospital, Duns.

Patients in the 18-bed unit at the Knoll Community Hospital in Duns are now under the care of Bruce Auld.

Earlier this year, the Merse Medical Practice gave NHS Borders notice that, due to workload, it was terminating its contract to care for inpatients at the Knoll and agreed to extend the notice period to November 30 to give health chiefs time to make other arrangements.

NHS Borders medical director Andrew Murray explained: “The decision by Merse Medical Practice, combined with the constraints presented by the national shortage of GPs, gave us the opportunity to consider ways in which medical cover could be provided differently at the Knoll Community Hospital.

“Following discussion and feedback with participants including representatives from acute nedicine, unscheduled care and the department of medicine for the elderly, GPs, community hospitals’ medical superintendents, community hospital nursing services, members of the public, health and social care managers, social work and voluntary organisations, the outcome was to recruit a salaried GP to provide medical cover at the Knoll, working alongside existing services.

“Bruce Auld commenced at the beginning of November. He provides cover three mornings and one full day at the Knoll Hospital, and this is a different arrangement to the cover previously, considerably enhancing medical input for patients.”