NHS Borders Annual Review for 2016/17 will take place between 2:30pm and 4pm on Wednesday 1st November in the Tryst, Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital.

This year the theme is "Changes Ahead" and throughout the session we will highlight how we are developing our services for the future.

Chairman of NHS Borders, John Raine, will open the Annual Review by summarising the performance and achievements of the health board in 2016/17.

Following the Chairman's speech will be three brief presentations from NHS Borders Medical Director, Dr Cliff Sharp; Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Acute Services, Claire Pearce; and Director of Strategic Change & Performance, June Smyth.

Cliff, Claire and June will each describe the various programmes and initiatives that are being implemented across NHS Borders to shape our services in the future.

These presentations will lead into an open question and answer session, conducted by the Chairman, and we would like to take this opportunity to ask members of the public to come prepared with questions and comments about NHS Borders. This really is a great chance to engage with members of the Board and other senior staff.

Encouraging people to attend the Annual Review, John Raine said: "At last year's annual review we started a conversation with you; our patients, carers, staff and local communities, about 'what matters to you', so that we can ensure your views are at the heart of the design and delivery of local health services.

"At this year's event you will hear about the initiatives we are putting in place to deliver services that meet your needs not only now but in the future, with our values at the centre of stafe, effective patient care.

"I look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible on November 1st."

Anyone wishing to attend the annual review who requires additional support should contact NHS Borders Public Involvement Team on free phone 0800 731 4052 or email publicinvolvement@borders.scot.nhs.uk

Please note that, whilst members of the public are actively encouraged to ask questions during the Q&A session, it will not be possible to answer patient-specific questions.