Three individuals who work within NHS Borders have been selected as finalists at the Scottish Health Awards 2016.

Ruth Dorward, a GP at Jedburgh Medical Practice, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Doctor Award. Ruth is just a few years away from retirement but she has maintained enthusiasm and passion for her role and profession. Junior doctors can learn a lot from Ruth’s consistently high quality care and thirst for learning. Ruth embodies a great GP and an excellent family doctor.

Clare Gillespie, music therapist within Scottish Borders Learning Disability Service has been shortlisted for the Therapist Award due to her dedicated work with people with complex learning difficulties. Clare puts her heart and soul into what she does and her therapy sessions have greatly improved the wellbeing of many people with learning disabilities.

Isobel Burton, public dental officer at Hawick Dental Centre has been named as a finalist in the Dentist Award category. Isobel was nominated thanks to her outstanding and dedicated commitment to providing dental services to rural communities and priority patients.

All nominees fought off stiff competition from across the country to secure their place at this year’s award ceremony which takes place next week (3 November) at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

John Raine, Chairman of NHS Borders said:  “I am delighted to offer my congratulations to our finalists on reaching the last stage of the Scottish Health Awards. Their hard work and dedication in placing patient care at the centre of everything they do sets an example to all our staff in Borders who are committed to being the best they can be, every single day.

“To be selected as a finalist in such a well contested awards scheme is a real achievement, and I wish them all the best of luck at the awards ceremony.”

Every year, the Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward the dedicated NHS staff, support workers, volunteers and specialist teams who go the extra mile to provide outstanding patient care. 

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