South Scotland

Viewfield hospital funds shared out

Trustees of a fund set up to help a Borders hospital which shut nearly a quarter of a century ago have agreed to disburse the money to local causes.

Viewfield served Selkirk for decades, providing everything from a maternity unit to a 24-hour casualty facility.

However, it was shut down when Borders General Hospital opened its doors in the late 1980s.

Reopening plans were never realised and now the funds of the Viewfield Memorial Trust are being shared out.

Some £10,000 has been allocated to the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit, scheduled to open at the BGH early next year.

Meanwhile, £4,000 has been awarded to Selkirk Health Centre.

The Bannerfield Park Project and the Pringle Park in Selkirk will each benefit to the tune of £1,500.

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