Jedburgh GP Ruth Dorward was announced as the winner of the prestigious Doctor Award at last night's Scottish Health Awards in Edinburgh.

Having worked in General Practice for the last 27 years, Ruth's nomination described her as a great GP and an excellent family doctor who demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for her role and profession.

Commenting on her win, Ruth said: "This is a win for the whole Primary Care team, of which I am only a small part. Their support enables me to be the best I can be."

Also recognised on the night were finalists Clare Gillespie, a Music Therapist within Scottish Borders Learning Disability Service, and Isobel Burton, Public Dental Officer at Hawick Dental Centre.

Passing on his congratulations, Chairman of NHS Borders John Rain said: "The Scottish Health Awards recognise the provision of outstanding patient care and I am delighted that the Borders was represented amongst the winners and finalists at last night's event. My congratulations go to Ruth for winning the Doctor Award, and our other worthy finalists.

"To be recognised in such a well-contested awards scheme is a real achievement, and reflects the hard work and dedication that Ruth, Clare and Isobel put in to their roles every day, to provide excellent patient care."