A petition with more than 4,000 signatures against the closures of Community Hospitals in the Borders was handed to NHS Borders today.
Lori Carnochan reports.
Protestors campaigning against the possible closure of Community Hospitals in the Borders will hand in a petition today.
More than 4,000 people have signed the document, which will be delivered to the NHS Borders board this afternoon.
NHS Borders has identified and fixed a temporary error in its data entry system which has affected the treatment time guarantee (TTG) for some patients.
Those affected had treatment agreed and were added to the waiting list between September 2, 2014 and January 6, 2015.
Of the 1767 patients listed for treatment.
- 38 were treated beyond their statutory TTG
- In 20 cases the time delay for treatment was 4 days or less
- In 11 cases the impact of the delay was between 4 and 7 days
- The maximum delay was 11 days.
Of the patients who have yet to receive treatment:
- approximately 60 cases are currently at risk of exceeding their TTG during January or February.
NHS Borders says steps are being taken to minimise this impact and treatment dates will be agreed directly with patients.
Every patient whose guarantee date has been affected has been sent a letter of explanation and apology from the Board.
Work has begun at Borders General Hospital to create 38 additional car parking spaces.
The work is expected to take about eight weeks to complete.
NHS Borders does not anticipate much disruption but has apologised for any caused by the construction work.
The SNP MSP for the South of Scotland has welcomed the announcement of extra funding for NHS Dumfries and Galloway
Aileen McLeod said the extra funding would help cover the cost of new and advanced treatments.
On Monday, Health Secretary Shona Robison announced that NHS Dumfries and Galloway will receive an extra £1.1 million in 2015/16.
The Scottish Government has announced an increase in funding for the NHS in the South of Scotland.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway is to receive an extra £1.1 million in funding over the next year, bringing the total to £6.2m.
NHS Borders will receive an extra £737,000, bringing the total to £4.4m.
The money is part of an additional £65m for health boards that has been announced by the Health Secretary, Shona Robison, to deal with the rising costs of new drugs.
NHS Borders has been named as one of the top 40 hospital trusts in the UK. They were awarded the prise by the CHKS - a body providing quality improvement services to 400 hospitals across the UK.
The award is based on 22 key performance criteria including safety, healthy outcomes, efficiency and patient experience.
Every NHS acute trust is included in the analysis of publicly available datasets.
NHS Borders is running four weeks of Stress Management classes throughout May.
The classes are designed to advise people on how to cope with everyday challenges that can lead to different forms of stress.
The free classes are taking place at Peebles and Jedburgh Libraries from Thursday 1 May.
The programme will run as follows:
- Week 1 Understanding stress
- Week 2 Improving sleep and relaxation
- Week 3 Managing thoughts that bother you
- Week 4 Feeling better about yourself
For more information visit www.nhsborders.org.uk.
Staff at Borders General Hospital have taken to Facebook to complain about changes to the hospital car parks.
Two of the six car parks have been changed to short stay, making it easier for patients to park for an appointment.
However, staff say the move has left them with nowhere to park in hospital grounds, and are now finding other areas to park for the day.
The Facebook Group 'BGH Parking Fiasco' says "staff can no longer park in the ground without potentially being fined £40-£90 for coming to work to save lives and look after people".
NHS Borders say there is plenty of parking provision, with 1,000 spaces available for staff and patients.