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.
Cloudy during the morning with outbreaks of rain or drizzle. This will gradually clear away southwards, with dry and bright conditions developing through the afternoon.
Maximum Temperature 13C.
A Borders textile mile which has a 350 year history faces closure unless a buyer is found, with the potential loss of nearly 90 jobs.
Staff members at the March Street Mill in Peebles have been informed of a possible closure by owner's Moorbrook Textiles.
The owner's say they are seeking to identify potential buyers, but so far have been unsuccessful.
The 87 employees that work in the mill have been informed of a possible closure, and the start of a 30-day consultation process.
Some staff may be offered the opportunity to relocate to Ayr.
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An action packed sprint race was a new addition to this year's TweedLove festival.
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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.”
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.
Dry for many much with some sunny intervals, although cloudier than Wednesday.
Patchy rain arriving in the north west will bring mostly light bursts of rain, perhaps turning heavy on western slopes.
Breezy. Maximum Temperature 16C.