Monday April 24, 2017

Chairman's Blog

Having just emerged from our toughest financial year on record we`re now into a new budget year which is even more challenging.

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Tuesday January 31, 2017

Chairman's Blog

Winter pressures are predictable and planned for. That includes stress testing the system to see if it could cope in the worst of all scenarios.

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Friday September 30, 2016

Chairman's Blog

Values and organisational behaviour added a distinctive flavour to this year's Annual Review of the performance of NHS Borders.

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Friday May 27, 2016

From Pavarotti to The Proclaimers

The staff awards give a massive boost to staff morale way beyond the event itself and the positive affect is felt all year. We regularly receive donations from patients and families to thank our staff for their hard work and care they provide; our staff awards are one way of thanking our frontline staff.

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Friday February 19, 2016

When we don’t deliver the best possible care

My world has been rocked recently by two very distressing Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman (SPSO) reports published at the end of last year about the care of patients in NHS Borders. Regardless of how badly I felt it cannot be a patch on what the families of the patients felt when we didn’t deliver the best possible care and when they had to pursue answers to their concerns through the SPSO.

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Sunday December 20, 2015

7th day of Christmas - Nursing Style

There are many highlights throughout 2015 that I could share with you but in cheesy deference to the season, which I make no apologies, I am going to share only 12 and a partridge in a pear tree.

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Monday December 14, 2015

Chairman's Blog

Life in NHS Borders continues to have its ups and downs. I guess it was ever thus. No sooner do we acknowledge some real improvements in services and successes by staff than something comes along to knock us off our perch.

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Friday November 27, 2015

Courage, curiosity & commitment - Part 2

As nurses and midwives we are central to ensuring that care is person centred and that we are compassionate in our interactions with patients, carers and relatives at times of extreme stress in their own lives. We are trained to be curious, to seek to understand and to enquire after our patient’s health and wellbeing.

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Friday November 13, 2015

Courage, curiosity & commitment - Part 1

This week I am reminded of the need to have courage and be brave in all parts of my life. My daughter is going to Australia for a year to work and this major personal event has made me reflect on my career, my job and nursing in general.

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Wednesday October 28, 2015

Chairman's Blog

Annual Review time always causes a bit of a stir in the organisation. This is when NHS Boards throughout Scotland must account for their performance at a public meeting, sometimes chaired by a Government Minister.

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Thursday August 6, 2015

Director of Nursing and Midwifery's 1st blog

When I started in NHS Borders as the Director of Nursing & Midwifery 3 years ago the senior nursing team and I created our very first work plan. We did it because we wanted to have a sense of direction and evidence the unique contribution that the Nursing & Midwifery Directorate made to achieve the corporate objectives.

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Thursday July 30, 2015

Chairman's Blog

Hospital inspections are critical to ensuring high standards of professional practice and board level governance. They can dispel complacency and act as a jolt to the system. That was certainly the case recently when the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate arrived at Borders General Hospital to inspect the five operating theatres.

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Friday June 26, 2015

Chairman's Blog

So, NHS Borders has a new Chief Executive. Not exactly new, though, because Jane Davidson has worked with us as an Executive Director since 2010 and after Calum Campbell's departure for a bigger board in January, Jane stepped into the breach in the interim role.

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Friday June 5, 2015

Peter's Dementia Download Part 5

I am writing today’s blog while sitting at the foot of the stairs in the BGH. We have the “charity table” covered in leaflets and draped with bunting. The message for Dementia Awareness Week is “Let’s talk about dementia” and from the moment I got here this morning at 9am people haven’t stopped talking. Patients, visitors, staff members, nurses, management, medical staff many of us have a story, a worry about a friend, a relative or ourselves.

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Thursday June 4, 2015

Peter’s Dementia Download –Part 4

Scotland’s Dementia Awards are held annually and celebrate creative approaches, innovation and best practice in all aspects of information, advice, care and support for people with dementia, their carers, partners and families. It is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council.

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Wednesday June 3, 2015

Peter's Dementia Dowload Part 3

We are at the half way point of Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Week and the feedback we are receiving through our NHS Borders Facebook and Twitter channels has been great. One of the aims of this week is to raise awareness of dementia and it’s great to see so many people getting involved in the variety of activities and pledges locally and nationally.

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Tuesday June 2, 2015

Peter's Dementia Download Part 2

Caring for a patient with dementia in a hospital setting can add pressure to ward staff particularly if that ward is busy. However regardless of how busy a ward is, time and care should be taken with every patient with or without dementia to ensure that you are treated as an individual and your needs are met.

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Monday June 1, 2015

Peter's Dementia Download Part 1

Today marks the beginning of Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia week, a national awareness week that aims to help people start having conversations about dementia. As part of this awareness week I am looking to help start these conversations by speaking to you every day this week.

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Friday May 29, 2015

Chairman's Blog

It's good to celebrate. We don't get everything right and when we fail we need to learn. But there's been plenty for NHS Borders to celebrate in recent weeks.

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Thursday April 16, 2015

Chairman's Blog

With the election season upon us comes the ‘pre election period’ previously refered to as ‘purdah’. That`s the rule applied to public servants like myself to steer clear of saying or doing anything that might be interpreted as showing a party political bias.

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Tuesday March 3, 2015

Chairman's Blog

Trying to get a bit of winter sunshine in Madeira recently I was quickly laid low with `man flu`. There are two characteristics of this affliction – it is extremely `serious`... and it is not deserving of any sympathy. Wrongly anticipating my request for help, the hotel staff advised me not to turn up at the island`s main hospital because the emergency department was inundated. Try instead `Poncha` - the local `medicinal` remedy for colds (based on rum).

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Thursday January 8, 2015

Chairman's Blog

A new year; new management; new controversy. 2015 is off to a good start! Jane Davidson has taken over from Calum Campbell who departed for Lanarkshire as Chief Executive on 1st January. As interim Chief Executive here in Borders Jane has a lot of NHS experience; she was Calum`s deputy and has held senior posts in Scottish government health department.

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Tuesday November 18, 2014

Chairman's Blog

The big news around NHS Borders was supposed to be our Annual Review, which took place on November 5th. As it turned out the most talked about event was the near-simultaneous announcement of our Chief Executive, Calum Campbell`s departure. NHS Lanarkshire, a much bigger territorial health board, has claimed him and looking at some of the glum faces around the place he will be greatly missed here.

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Tuesday September 30, 2014

Chairman's Blog

Reaction to the outcome of the recent healthcare environment inspection – and the ensuing press headlines – could only be: “It`s a fair cop – we must do better.” There`s a certain irony to the situation. BGH is declared one of the top 40 hospitals in the UK. Against other health boards in Scotland we score exceptionally well against the kind of targets that really do matter to patients, such as cancer waiting times and the performance of BGH accident and emergency department. “Top of the Table” said a recent Southern Reporter headline when an annual report by NHS Scotland showed NHS stroke care to be the best in the country.

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Friday August 15, 2014

Chairman's Blog

Meetings of the Board inevitably focus on the performance of our NHS and last week`s meeting was no exception. Patient safety is high up on the agenda with reports covering infection rates, patient experience and clinical effectiveness. It was good to see that our stroke service was shortlisted as a finalist for the National Patient Safety and Care Awards held in London the previous month. Borders staff made it to the top four of the seventy stroke services entered from across the UK.

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Thursday July 24, 2014

Chairman's Blog

A question that`s being asked a lot these past few weeks: What is this CHKS award we have won? It was a question I put to Chief Executive Calum Campbell weeks before the event itself when the grapevine was indicating that NHS Borders might be so honoured. The simple answer is that the CHKS award signifies that Borders General Hospital is up there among the best hospitals in the UK - `best` as measured against many factors around quality and safety.

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Friday June 27, 2014

Chairman's Blog

Volunteers keep the wheels of public and social life turning. Think, the Olympics and now the Commonwealth Games. At Borders NHS we all recognise the vast difference made through volunteer effort to the experience of hospital patients, those cared for at home, and to the promotion of healthy living. What I didn`t appreciate until a recent happening at BGH was just how varied is the contribution made by individual volunteers to our health services.

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Friday May 16, 2014

Chairman's Blog

Just read that Simon Stevens, the new chief executive of NHS England, has told staff to “think like a patient and act like a taxpayer”. Sounds like good advice for all NHS boards, too. Paul Gray, new chief exec of NHS Scotland, told a national event in Edinburgh yesterday that Scotland`s health service will be defined by the experience of patients. I agree with that also.

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