New paediatric suite on the way

The Knoll hospital and health centre, Station Road, Duns
The Knoll hospital and health centre, Station Road, Duns

The former morgue at the Knoll Hospital in Duns, currently used for storage, is to become a paediatric suite.

NHS Borders was granted planning permission for the change of use of the building by Scottish Borders Council through delegated powers.

“As part of NHS Borders’ primary care modernisation programme, we have been working to finalise detailed plans for forthcoming improvements to the Knoll Health Centre,” explained Sandra Pratt, associate director for delivery support at NHS Borders.

“These plans include the conversion of the equipment storage building for use as a designated paediatric therapy suite.

“Within the modernisation programme, we have worked closely with GPs, nursing staff and other health professionals who provide services from our health centres, and with public involvement, to identify where improvements will make the most difference to the care we provide.

“The paediatric therapy suite will consist of a waiting area, two clinical therapy rooms and a purpose-built changing facility which will greatly improve the environment in which we deliver paediatric care in the area.”

Changes required involve installing a new window in the modern extension to the category-C listed building, infilling an existing covered area to form an additional room and forming a new opening, entrance screen and window.