NHS Borders accident and emergency figures praised

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FIGURES released by the Scottish Government have revealed that NHS Borders is performing well above other health boards when it comes to dealing with Accident and Emergency patients within eight hours.

Borders General Hospital has only failed to see 23 patients admitted to A&E within the last year within eight hours, considerably better than most hospitals in the rest of Scotland.

The figures also show that NHS Borders has paid out fewer clinical negligence payments than the majority of Health Boards in Scotland, with only five cases being settled.

The results have been praised by Berwickshire MSP John Lamont, although he did express some concern that the number of patients not seen within eight hours by NHS Borders, although the country’s lowest and one fewer than last year, was still considerably higher than the result of two from 2008/9.

He commented: “If we are to ensure that patients in the Borders still receive the best possible service then this will need to be addressed.

“We must not get complacent and I have every confidence that NHS Borders will take the necessary steps to see that patients are dealt with quickly and professionally.”

Calum Campbell, chief executive of NHS Borders added: “We are continuously working to improve our services and ensure we deliver prompt attention at the right time and in the right place and early relief of symptoms for our patients.”