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Award success for Hawick healthcare pilot project

A joint effort by health workers in Hawick has received national recognition for slashing admissions to hospital.

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Former Borders MSP Jim Hume.

Former Borders MSP welcomes ban on smoking in cars with children in

A new law banning Scots from smoking in cars with children in came into force this week, and that’s been welcomed by the ex-MSP who proposed it, former Borders councillor Jim Hume.

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Organic egg producer Anne Rae,  from Ednam.

Borders poultry farmers told to keep birds indoors

Poultry farmers in the Borders are being told to keep birds indoors as a precaution against a deadly bird flu strain recently found in Europe.

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A festive fund-raising pack is available online to help MRF finance vital research into vaccines to treat different strains of the disease. Information about symptoms can also be found on its website.

Expected rise in cases of meningitis

Cases of meningitis and septicaemia are expected to rise over the winter and a leading charity is urging greater awareness of the symptoms.

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The Tobacco-Free Generation Awards. Right to left: Kevan Sanderson NHS Borders, Colin Smyth MSP, Jedburgh councillor Jim Brown.

Accolade for campaigners

Anti-smoking campaigners in the Borders have been given a national award for their efforts to stub out the unhealthy habit.

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The Scottish Government and NHS Education for Scotland will be surveying female doctors.

Improving support for rape victims

Female doctors in Scotland are to be surveyed to find out what more can be done to encourage their participation in forensic examinations for sexual assault victims.

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HIV: Do you know your status? If not, get tested...

HIV: Do you know your status? If not, get tested...

HIV has NOT been cured so it’s important for people who think they may be at risk to get tested.

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edburgh GP Ruth Dorward, centre, with Shona Robison, the Scottish Governments Health and Sport Secretary, and Gregor Smith, deputy chief medical officer for Scotland.

Jedburgh’s Doctor Ruth celebrating success at national awards ceremony

A Borders doctor is celebrating after having her dedication to duty recognised at this year’s Scottish Health Awards.

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Public health minister Aileen Campbell (right) recently visited NHS Scotland's national distribution centre.

NHS ready for winter challenges

The NHS in Scotland is preparing to be on the “front foot” this winter and the public and local communities are being encourage to do the same to do the same.

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You Can Cook event featureing St Ronan's pupils in 2012

Primary pupils in Innerleithen and Walkerburn given food for thought

Children in the Tweed valley are about to be given food for thought by a £44,000 scheme aimed at boosting their confidence about cooking healthy meals using produce they’ve grown themselves.

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Brick FM broadcaster Jesse Rae

Borders hospital radio set to air worldwide

Listeners to the Borders General Hospital radio service are to enjoy a link to friends and family from afar as the internal radio station prepares to broadcast some of its shows worldwide.

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The late Anthony Mundell, standing centre, with dad Keith, mum Ros and younger brothers Chandler and Zack.

Hawick family keeping memory of tragic teenager alive by helping others

The legacy of a Hawick teenager killed by cancer over seven years ago is helping other families facing the same heartache as his find some peace of mind.

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Gala Fairydean Rovers v Dalbeattie Star. Picture: Alwyn Johnston

Concerns over 3G don’t apply here, players told

Live Borders has moved to reassure users about the safety of its 3G surface in Netherdale, Galashiels, after tests in Holland led to several pitches being ripped up.

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Sylvie Szanel with the Men of Melrose calendar in aid of Priorwood Wellbeing Centre

Melrose calendar boys grin and bear it for new charity

A host of Melrose menfolk have agreed to grin and bare it in a bid to raise funds for a new charity set up to address mental health and social isolation issues.

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WARNING: UK kids at risk from virus that can leave victims paralysed

WARNING: UK kids at risk from virus that can leave victims paralysed

A health alert has been issued warning parents over an outbreak of a polio-type virus that can easily be spread through coughs and sneezes.

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Sean Fraser and Archie Lyall with a bike to be mended

Recycling cycles for hospital

Sean Fraser, along with Archie, top, and James Lyall, has come up with a great way to help Friends of the Borders General Hospital purchase a bladder scanner and an endoscopic telescope.

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Ena urges Borderers to register as donors

Ena urges Borderers to register as donors

Borderers have been urged to sign up to be organ donors this week, by a woman who is still alive because someone else did just that.

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How to cope with life’s challenges

NHS Borders is running a series of weekly classes throughout September to give people practical advice on managing stress.

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Ann Todd, whose mother Mary was deemed to be poorly treated.

Change in ethos is welcomed

The proof of the pudding will be in the eating when it comes to the care of elderly patients in the Borders.

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NHS Borders Cancer Nurse specialist Judith Smith has been awarded with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queens New Years honours list 2015.

Benefits advice for cancer sufferers in the Borders

A benefits advice service has helped Borderers with cancer access over £11m in benefits since its launch seven years ago.

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