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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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One of the organisations supporting the campaign is St John Scotland, which also provides CPR training to groups across the country. Volunteer Andrew Robertson is pictured delivering a training session.

Would you know how to save someone who has a cardiac arrest?

Every week in Scotland 70 people will have a sudden unexpected cardiac arrest. That’s a little more than the number of people on a full double decker bus.

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Council convener David Parker: 'What we need now is for people to consider the strategy carefully and provide their own comments, either by completing an online questionnaire or coming along to one of the events."

New programme aims to empower people with disabilities

Inclusion in all decision-making processes is just one of the suggestions made in a new document which aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the Scottish Borders.

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Fiona Davies, who underwent a life-saving kidney transplant operation in May 2017, is supporting the Scottish Government campaign to encourage more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Transplant recipient urges everyone to join Organ Donor Register

A woman who received a life-saving kidney transplant in May 2017 has backed a campaign to increase the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

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Hawick Health Centre

NHS Borders surgeries back running as normal

All of the Borders GP surgeries and health centres affected by this morning’s IT problems are fully operational once again.

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Hawick Health Centre

NHS Borders appointments disrupted by IT issues

Borderers with appointments at any of the region’s GP surgeries and health centres today are being warned of cancellations due to ongoing IT problems.

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From left: Wendy McMillan, Jim Thomson and Val McNab of Border Caring Services, get the desired reaction from the Borders Macmillan Centre's Amanda Fiddes, Verna Henderson, Rachel Johnson, Lesley Flannigan and Judith Smith as the giant cheque is revealed.

A £100,000 donation makes The Difference

An astounding donation of £100,000 from Border Caring Services has helped the charity behind the appeal to extend and refurbish the Macmillan centre at the Borders General Hospital soar past its target.

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Pupils from eight of the 10 winning schools with police officers, council officer Karen McGrath, back far left, and councillor Gordon Edgar, back far right.

Putting brakes on car use wins awards for active youngsters in Borders

Youngsters have been rewarded for putting themselves on the right path for healthier futures by shunning their parents’ cars for their school runs in favour of bikes, scooters or their feet.

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Scottish Ambulance Service vehicle outside the Border General Hospital in The Scottish Borders.

Snow storms increase pressure

The “exceptional pressures” being felt by NHS Borders has not been helped by the extreme snowstorms of last week.

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Scottish Ambulance Service vehicle outside the Border General Hospital in The Scottish Borders.

Lamont says Holyrood is to blame for cancelled ops

Borders MP John Lamont has said “immediate action” has to be taken by the Scottish Government, after he found out that almost a quarter of NHS Borders’ planned operations were cancelled in January.

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Manager Billy Robson cleans the pool last week.

Jedburgh’s vandal-hit pool reopens

Jedburgh’s Laidlaw Memorial pool has reopened to swimmers this morning after a vandal attack forced its closure for more than a week.

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The pharmacy aseptic team at the Borders General Hospital.

BGH pharmacists still in with a chance of retaining national award

The pharmacy team at the Borders General Hospital is once again heading for the glittering Scottish Pharmacist Awards, after being named as finalists for the much-coveted Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year award for the second consecutive year, after winning the title in 2017.

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The Border General Hospital near Melrose in The Scottish Borders.

Outpatient appointments to begin again on Monday

NHS Borders has said that all outpatient appointments at the Borders General Hospital and Community Hospitals are planned to go ahead on Monday, March 5.

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With the worst of the snow over, the big dig-out begins.

New helpline for those with health concerns during wintry weather

While the amber weather warning for the Borders has passed, it will take a few days for the region to return to some semblance of normality.

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The late Anthony Mundell, centre, with his family.

Fundraisers appealing for lots for auction in memory of Hawick teenager

The legacy of a Hawick teenager killed by cancer will be celebrated at a charity auction later this year.

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