Health centre about to undergo upgrade

Eyemouth Health Centre
Eyemouth Health Centre

Major improvements including an extension to Eyemouth Health Centre are due to start on Monday, October 17, and they are likely to take seven months to complete.

Funding of £3m was secured by NHS Borders for its health centre modernisation programme, and Eyemouth is the second of four health centres in the region to be upgraded.

Selkirk’s has already benefited from work earlier this year, and plans are being drawn up for similar upgrading at the Knoll at Duns and in Melrose.

An extension and internal changes at Eyemouth Health Centre will allow space for more GP consulting rooms and clinical rooms, improved patient waiting areas, a safe room and improvements to disabled-access WCs and shower room facilities.

Day hospital facilities will also be improved.

There will be office accommodation and a nursing suite on the lower ground floor too.

Patient services will be maintained while the work goes on,and disruption to clinics or patient appointments will be kept to a minimum.

Patients will be advised in plenty of time of any changes.

NHS Borders spokeswoman Sandra Pratt said: “This investment in Eyemouth Health Centre will create a greatly-improved facility for patients and staff.

“We have worked closely with patients, GPs, nursing staff and other health professionals to identify where improvements will make the most difference.”

Dr Kirsty Robinson added: “Eyemouth Medical Practice welcomes the improvement of our facilities to provide us with suitable accommodation to meet the future health needs of our community, and we look forward to developing our services with the provision of additional consulting rooms and office space.”