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NHS Borders wins its 2nd CHKS Top 40 Hospitals award

Representatives from NHS Borders at Tuesday night’s annual awards ceremony in London, picking up the award on behalf of the health board Credit: NHS Borders

NHS Borders is one of the CHKS Top Hospitals for second consecutive year.

The accolade has been awarded to the top performing CHKS client trusts over 2015.

It's based on the evaluation of over 20 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

“This is a tremendous and well deserved achievement for NHS Borders. To be highlighted as one the 40 Top trusts and boards in the UK for a second year running is outstanding.”

– John Raine, NHS Borders Chair

The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London on 19 May and were attended by over 200 guests, including representatives from NHS Borders.

NHS Borders considers relocation of East/West Brigs ward

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Representatives from NHS Borders have outlined proposals to relocate the East/West Brigs Mental Health Rehabilitation Ward to Crumhaugh House in Hawick.

Currently located on the Galavale site in Galashiels, the ward is a rehabilitation inpatient unit for patients with long-term mental health problems.

In July 2014 a project team was established to look at potential relocation options to improve the quality of care for patients.

Out of four possible locations considered, the ground floor of the currently vacant Crumhaugh House property in Hawick was identified as the preferred location.

In its current location, ward staff are presented with real challenges including patient observation and a lack of therapeutic space, which has an impact on patient recovery times.

“The option to relocate to Crumhaugh House, which was most recently utilised for inpatient care by the Mental Health service whilst Huntlyburn Ward on the BGH site was refurbished, addresses the patient safety issues that we are currently facing, and will provide patients with a high quality, safe, equitable and accessible service.”

– Dr Cliff Sharp, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director for Mental Health at NHS Borders

Crumhaugh House is currently owned by NHS Borders.

It was put on the market in July 2013 but a buyer has not been identified.

Utilising the building for Rehabilitation patients would provide 13 inpatient beds, and relocate 28 employees to Hawick.

The move would require a capital investment of £1.87 million.

The full business case, which will take into account feedback gathered during a public engagement phase, will be presented to the public meeting of NHS Borders Board on August 6th 2015.


'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 Peebles, Duns, Hawick and Kelso has gathered more than 4,000 signatures.

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.

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.

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