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Telephone lines at the Knoll Hospital in Duns are currently down, with both the hospital and Duns Medical Group Practice affected.
This issue has been reported and NHS Borders is working with BT to resolve this disruption soon as possible.
If you are a patient of the Duns Medical Group and you or someone you care for is unwell during this time , you are advised to please contact the NHS 24 helpline on 111.
If the condition is immediately life threatening, dial 999 for an emergency ambulance.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.