Refurbished health centre unveiled

Cllr Sandy Scott (left) and NHS Borders Chairman John Raine. Jedburgh's refurbished health centre officially opens.
Cllr Sandy Scott (left) and NHS Borders Chairman John Raine. Jedburgh's refurbished health centre officially opens.
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Jedburgh’s health centre was officially reopened last week following a £1.68 million refurbishment.

Local councillor Sandy Scott had the honour of unveiling a plaque last Wednesday, marking the completion of 18 months of work.

The redesigned health centre provides a far greater range of services than the original health centre was able to offer.

Around 60 people are based on-site, with others visiting to provide specific services.

Mr Scott said: “This redevelopment is in keeping with the commitment by the health board to modernise its network of health centres as well as the principles that have seen more people receiving health care in their own community settings rather than in hospital settings.”

John Raine, chairman of NHS Borders added: “Now Jedburgh has a modern family health care centre well able to meet the growing needs of the local community.

“It has already been given a strong vote of confidence by local people as evidenced by the extensive use being made of the wide range of services available in the centre.

“You can’t carry out such a major project without causing inconvenience during the work programme. But the whole project ran smoothly thanks to the goodwill of patients and the dedication of staff who stayed working in the building throughout, despite inconvenience and hardship.”

Dentist Tricia Granger, speaking on behalf of staff who work in the building, said: “We are a multi-disciplinary team. We can integrate and share the care of everyone who walks in the door.

“This means we get care to the people who need it quicker and with more complete information. All patients have access to a range of staff and the centre has a real family feel to it.”

Just a few of the services available are podiatry, physiotherapy, school nursing, speech and language therapy, dietetics, psychology and mental health services.