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NHS Borders reduces its agency staff costs

NHS Borders has reduced its bill for using agency doctors by 70% over the past year, the biggest reduction in agency spending in Scotland’s NHS.

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Eyemouth Community Centre will be hosting the What Matters hubs taking place every second Monday in the town.

New care drop-in sessions start

Berwickshire residents are being encouraged to go along to the health and social care What Matters hubs that are starting up in Duns and Eyemouth.

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Befriending in Berwickshire

Befriending in Berwickshire

Berwickshire Housing Association’s project Befriend is part of a forum for befriending organisations in Berwickshire which includes Health in Mind’s Rediscover Borders project, the British Red Cross, Legion Scotland, Interest Link, and the Royal Voluntary Service.

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Coldstream's  Home Park.

SBC to invest £3.1 million in play parks

Scottish Borders Council has confirmed its commitment to spend £3.1 million over the next four years in new play parks, skate park and pump tracks, and outdoor facilities.

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Social care improvements

Social care improvements

Bosses have launched an action plan to revive the heavily-criticised health and social care service for older people in the Borders.

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Cancelled operations debated

Cancelled operations debated

The high number of cancelled operations at Borders General Hospital was raised in the Scottish Parliament last week.

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The Stroke Association provides support and information to stroke survivors and their families.

Stroke survivors falling through the gaps in care

Stroke survivors’ chances of making the best recovery is being put at significant risk due to insufficient data on the availability of rehabilitation therapy after stroke.

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Patients are encouraged to ask their doctor five questions

If you had the option to be more in control of your care would you take the opportunity or are you of the view that “doctor knows best”?

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Eyemouth Health Centre will be open on bank holiday Monday.

Plan ahead for medical care over the bank holiday weekend

The emergency department at Borders General Hospital and the Out of Hours service are often in demand over public holiday weekends.

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Planned procedures at Borders General Hospital were disrupted for days.

Winter pressures on health and care staff

NHS Borders staff and their social care colleagues report that this past winter has been one of the worst they have dealt with.

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Eating healthy foods could help reduce your risk of cancer.

Reduce your risk of cancer – and watch for signs and symptoms

Many people think that cancer is due to chance, fate or just bad luck. But there is now convincing evidence that around 40 per cent of cancers can be prevented if our lifestyles were to change for the better.

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Cancer services expand at BGH

Cancer services at Borders General Hospital are being expanded and improved over the next eight months.

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Business card...has been created as part of FEAT's upcoming fifth anniversary in May, highlighting the sepsis warning signs people should be aware of.

Video: Sepsis - 20 second-long video could save your life

It’s almost five years since the Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust was founded and the Scottish charity has had many successes in that short period of time.

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One of the organisations supporting the campaign is St John Scotland, which also provides CPR training to groups across the country. Volunteer Andrew Robertson is pictured delivering a training session.

Would you know how to save someone who has a cardiac arrest?

Every week in Scotland 70 people will have a sudden unexpected cardiac arrest. That’s a little more than the number of people on a full double decker bus.

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Consultation starts on Borders’ draft disability strategy

Consultation starts on Borders’ draft disability strategy

People in the Borders who are living with physical disabilities should be included in all decision-making processes.

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Judith Tait-Brown, senior charge nurse of Ward 14 DME and Ali Forster, senior charge nurse of Ward 12 DME.

New approach in BGH wards for the elderly

Two Borders General Hospital wards that care for elderly patients have undergone a series of transformations over recent months.

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Fiona Davies, who underwent a life-saving kidney transplant operation in May 2017, is supporting the Scottish Government campaign to encourage more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Transplant recipient urges everyone to join Organ Donor Register

A woman who received a life-saving kidney transplant in May 2017 has backed a campaign to increase the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

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Berwick Infirmary.

Cross-border A&E needed

A Northumberland County Councillor believes that a cross border deal is the only hope for retaining an accident and emergency unit when the new Berwick hospital is built.

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John Raine, chairman of NHS Borders.

NHS Borders staff thanked by chairman

NHS Borders’ waiting targets are rarely out of the news nowadays but as politicians engage in a battle of words, the NHS carries on with its work.

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Christine Grahame MSP

NHS Borders 2018-19 budget

The bulk of the £5.4 million additional money for NHS Borders from the Scottish Government will cover pay awards for staff.

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