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MSP calling for action to tackle bed-blocking in Borders

Borders MSP Rachael Hamilton is calling for action to tackle bed-blocking at the region’s general hospital.

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The Margaret Kerr Unit at the Borders General Hospital.

Borders General Hospital worker denies stealing money from end-of-life care unit

A health worker has been accused of stealing £350 worth of donations from the Margaret Kerr Unit at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose.

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The turf-cutting ceremony took place at the site in April. One month later, construction halted as the builder went bust.

Work on cancer centre extension is halted

The planned expansion of the Macmillan Cancer Centre at the Borders General Hospital has been postponed until after the summer after the builder contracted to do the work closed down.

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The Margaret Kerr Unit in the grounds of the Borders General Hospital.

Melrose hospital worker accused of stealing donation money

A 36-year-old male member of staff at the Borders General Hospital at Melrose has been accused of stealing donations to the palliative care unit there.

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Anthony Lenton, 26, of Galashiels, with Finn Mackin, four, the Stonehaven boy he gave the gift of life to in the form of a bone marrow donation.

Galashiels bone marrow donor Anthony meets boy he gave gift of life to

Bone marrow donor Anthony Lenton has met a little boy he gave the gift of life to and found out how much his kindness means to a family previously strangers to him.

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Care centre manager charged by police

Care centre manager charged by police

The manager of St Margaret’s Care Centre in Hawick has been charged following reports of “inappropriate communication”.

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Stewart Bennet, Douglas Stephen and David Baird, the Tartan Giraffe Ball's organisers, hand over cheques worth �310,000-plus to Doddie Weir and the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation's trustees.

£310,000 Kelso ball for Doddie Weir an even bigger hit than first thought

He was as handy as anyone at catching oval-shaped balls in his day, and now Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir has proved to be every bit as successful as having balls of a different kind thrown in his honour.

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Dog-owners warned after retriever becomes Borders’ first victim of Alabama Rot

Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets away from our rivers and muddy areas, after a young golden retreiver has sadly become the first local victim of Alabama Rot.

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The Stroke Association provides support and information to stroke survivors and their families.

Stroke survivors falling through the gaps in care

Stroke survivors’ chances of making the best recovery is being put at significant risk due to insufficient data on the availability of rehabilitation therapy after stroke.

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The Borders General Hospital at Melrose.

Beast from East blamed for operations cancelled by NHS Borders

NHS Borders continues to cancel more operations than any other health board in Scotland, latest figures reveal.

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The Borders General Hospital at Melrose.

NHS Borders’ spending on agency staff up almost 400% over five years

Spending on agency staff by NHS Borders more than trebled over the five years to 2017, figures reveal.

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Councillor Davie Paterson outside the old Peter Scott knitwear factory in Hawick.

New lease of life looms for old Hawick knitwear factory

A former knitwear factory in Hawick is set to get a new lease of life as an apartment complex for older people.

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Eating healthy foods could help reduce your risk of cancer.

Reduce your risk of cancer – and watch for signs and symptoms

Many people think that cancer is due to chance, fate or just bad luck. But there is now convincing evidence that around 40 per cent of cancers can be prevented if our lifestyles were to change for the better.

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Doddie Weir, centre, with, from left, alumni players Chris Weir, David Ireland, Hamish Dykes and Hamish Weir at Peffermill.

Game raises almost £9,000 for Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir’s research charity

Almost £9,000 has been raised for Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir’s motor neurone disease research charity by a fundraising match organised by former classmates of his at Edinburgh’s Scotland’s Rural College campus.

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Professor Sir Ian Wilmut in 2016.

Borders scientist Ian Wilmut reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

The scientist responsible for Dolly the sheep has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and has vowed to help aid research into the condition.

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Business card...has been created as part of FEAT's upcoming fifth anniversary in May, highlighting the sepsis warning signs people should be aware of.

Video: Sepsis - 20 second-long video could save your life

It’s almost five years since the Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust was founded and the Scottish charity has had many successes in that short period of time.

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Borders General Hospital.

Borders hospital hit by norovirus

Visitors to two wards at the Borders General Hospital at Melrose are being “strongly discouraged” after an outbreak of norovirus was confirmed.

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NHS Borders Chief Executive, Jane Davidson, Dr Dorothy Logie and Chairman John Raine with The Logie Legacy Chair Dr Brian Magowan

NHS Borders builds strong links with Zambian hospital

An event to raise awareness of a charity that supports the twinning link between a Zambian hospital and NHS Borders was held recently.

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Selkirkshire councillor Caroline Penman, who is urging dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead when walking through the town's cemeteries, and to clean up after them.

Councillor incensed by graveside fouling

Selkirkshire’s newest councillor, Caroline Penman, is crying foul on irresponsible dog owners after hearing a string of complaints from residents.

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Councillor Watson McAteer, second from left, with Hawick rugby players, from left, Shawn Muir, Bruce McNeil and Dalton Redpath.

Campaign to tackle underage boozing in Borders making comeback

Police, health chiefs and rugby bosses are joining forces to tackle problems caused by underage boozing at the Borders’ annual Kings of the Sevens contest.

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