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'No hidden agenda' in NHS Borders review

A petition against the closure of four community hospitals in the Borders gained more than 4,000 signatures Credit: ITV Border

NHS Borders has said it has no plans to close hospitals, and has no "hidden agenda" after it approved an 18-month review of its services.

A petition against any move to shut four sites in Peoples, Duns, Hawick and Kelso has gathered more than 4,000 signatures.

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NHS Borders finds error in data entry

NHS Borders identified and fixed an error in its data entry Credit: PA

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.

“The cause of this error was a configuration error within our IT system, and regretfully the treatment time guarantee for a small number of patients has been affected. I would like to apologise on behalf of the Board for any inconvenience that this has caused.”

– Jackie Stephen, NHS Borders Head of Information Management and Technology

MSP for South of Scotland welcomes extra NHS funding

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.

“Advances in technology and the development of new medicines make an incredible difference to the treatment of patients, but often there are rising costs that come with such developments.

“The increased funding will help to address those pressures and ensure that patients in Dumfries and Galloway receive the best healthcare possible"

– Aileen McLeod, MSP for the South of Scotland

On Monday, Health Secretary Shona Robison announced that NHS Dumfries and Galloway will receive an extra £1.1 million in 2015/16.

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NHS funding boost for the Borders

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 NHS in the South of Scotland will receive an increase funding Credit: PA

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.

"Our NHS services face challenges as a result of the increase in patients, with more complex illnesses, and the rising costs of expensive new drugs.

“This additional investment of £4.4m increases the resources available .... and will help alleviate these pressures, ensuring our NHS can continue to deliver effective and sustainable care to patients in the area."

– Shona Robison, Health Secretary

NHS Borders awarded in top 40 UK trusts

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.

Stress less with the help of NHS Borders

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.

“Through our stress management classes we hope to educate people about the common signs and effects of stress, equip them with some practical skills and techniques to relieve the symptoms, and give advice to help manage stress more effectively in the future.

“Our classes are open to everyone and they are free. You may want to come along for your own benefit, or to gain knowledge and skills to help you support a family member or friend overcome stress. In either case you are sure to gain some value by taking part. “

– Sinead Murray, Psychology Clinical Associate & programme organsier

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.

'Parking Fiasco' at Borders General Hospital

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.

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