Speaking in front of an audience of around 100 people at NHS Borders Annual Review last week, chairman John Raine said the health board “regularly exceeded” the standards set for them.
A mixture of employees, patients, carers and representatives from partner agencies including Scottish Borders Council were in attendance at Borders College’s Galashiels campus for the public meeting where Mr Raine highlighted NHS Borders’ success in areas such as waiting times for cancer treatment, smoking cessation and cardiovascular health checks.
He also pointed to the fact that NHS Borders had the lowest length of stay for IDU (injection drug users) patients in Scotland and also one of the lowest mortality rates for IDU and critical care patients.
John went on to describe NHS Borders as an organisation willing to learn lessons from external audits and inspections and from the experiences of health systems elsewhere, with patient safety and quality of care the main priorities.
The Annual Review was rounded off with a discussion session where members of the audience raised issues including the importance of acknowledging carers; the most cost effective way of dealing with the numerous health conditions caused by smoking, and how vital the voluntary sector is to the Borders community.
Summing up the review, John Raine said: “At the end of the event, the audience were invited to provide written feedback which acknowledged the challenges that we face, but described confidence in our ability to deal with them, and this is a very positive message for NHS Borders to take forward over the next year.”