Knoll Hospital loses five beds after GP practice withdraws

The Knoll hospital, Duns
The Knoll hospital, Duns

The number of beds at The Knoll Hospital in Duns is being reduced by five after one of the two Duns GP practices withdrew their in-patient bed cover.

Alasdair Pattinson, general manager at NHS Borders told ‘The Berwickshire’: “All community hospitals, including The Knoll Community Hospital to date, each operate with 23 available beds.

“Following the recent resignation from the Duns Medical Group for their in-patient bed cover, NHS Borders has agreed with the Merse Medical Practice for medical cover to be provided to 18 beds for a period of six months from August 14.

“Duns Medical Group submitted their resignation as a result of increasing demands and complexity of in-patient care within the Knoll Hospital. This will enable them to concentrate fully on the growing requirements of their very busy general practice. They will, however, continue to provide medical cover for minor injuries and the day hospital.

“Patients of Duns Medical Group General Practice will be unaffected by this change. Arrangements have been agreed with Merse Medical Practice to ensure full medical cover is provided for the 18 beds.

“We do not expect there to be any adverse impact on patient care as a result of the change during this period. We will of course discuss in full any concerns that individual patients and their families may raise.

“There are no cost savings resulting from this temporary change.

“Duns Medical Group have produced an information leaflet describing the new arrangements and will be making this available to any of their patients should they require to be admitted to the community hospital.”