Health centre upgrades planned

Eyemouth Day hospital, clinic, and health centre in Houndlaw Park
Eyemouth Day hospital, clinic, and health centre in Houndlaw Park

Eyemouth Health Centre is at the top of list for redevelopment by NHS Borders, along with The Knoll at Duns, Selkirk and Melrose.

A comprehensive review of primary care premises across the region has been carried out and the four health centres were identified as ‘high priority sites’ but there is no timetable yet of when the work will be done.

Carol Gillie, NHS Borders director of finance said: “An update on the primary care premises modernisation programme was noted at the NHS Borders board meeting in December 2014.

“The report included an assessment of the projects and the scope of works to address the requirements of the prioritised sites of Melrose, Duns, Eyemouth and Selkirk at an estimated total cost of approximately £2 million.

“This estimated cost has been included in the NHS Borders draft capital plan over the next three financial years.

“Subject to capital availability, the order in which work is carried out at these four health centres has yet to be prioritised.”

The existing health centre at Eyemouth needs extending to provide additional GP consulting rooms and office accommodation, additional bookable clinical space, a safe room and improvements in disabled access WCs and shower room facilities, plus provision of a nursing suite on the lower ground floor which can be accessed out of hours.

The Knoll Health Centre and hospital site needs additional GP consulting rooms, clinical rooms and practice manager accommodation for both GP practices, the creation of two separate GP reception areas, additional clinical space and improved office and reception accommodation for health board services.

At December’s meeting it was also agreed that the creation of a three room podiatry “hub” in the Kelso Hospital site “would release much needed capacity at health centre sites at Greenlaw, Coldstream, Kelso and The Knoll”, a decision that has not gone down well with a number of patients at Coldstream and Duns.