In the Scottish Borders the proportion of older people within the population is higher than the Scottish average, partly because life expectancy is among the best in mainland Scotland.
NHS Borders operates an established network of community hospitals, health centres and GP practices supported by a general hospital. This comprehensive network of health facilities throughout the Borders includes:
- Community hospitals at Coldstream, Duns, Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso and Peebles;
- The Borders General Hospital at Melrose;
- A network of mental health and learning disability inpatient, community and day facilities;
- Fifteen health centres in towns across the Borders.
Primary healthcare services are provided by over twenty GP Practices and a network of dentists, pharmacists and ophthalmic opticians.