NHS Borders
11 Jan 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
?Care and Compassion ?Quality and Teamwork ?Dignity and Respect ?Openness, honesty and responsibility

Why work for us?
Patients are at the centre of everything we do in our daily working lives at NHS Borders ensuring they are safe, cared for efficiently, effectively by suitably experienced and qualified staff driving quality at the heart of patient care. We are a dynamic and forward thinking team with a wealth of clinical and leadership experience. We aim for an open and honest culture and believe in nurturing future stars in NHS.

Borders General Hospital is a modern and well-equipped 284 bed DGH serving the rural Borders area in South East Scotland, approximately 36 miles from Edinburgh. After an absence of almost 50 years, the Borders Railway has now opened, with train services to central Edinburgh running every thirty minutes (journey time 50 minutes approx). Tweedbank Station is a few minutes walk from the Borders General Hospital. On opening the railway Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth said "The Borders railway brings so much promise for sharing and invigorating this most beautiful countryside as a place to work, live and enjoy”. A relocation package/assistance with temporary accommodation in the local area or excess travel, up to full Inland Revenue limits, is available for the successful candidate.

There are opportunities for professional coaching and mentoring – an established BGH consultant will be identified as a “buddy” in your first few weeks.

The Role

A full-time or part-time post for a Locum Consultant Ophthalmologist is available immediately within the Borders General Hospital in Melrose. The Consultant team provides general, specialist and surgical care to patients from the local catchment area. We are well supported by a dedicated nursing team, who provide general support of clinics, a nurse led glaucoma clinic, visual field clinics, pre-assessment and biometry clinics and provide OCT examination.

The Borders Eye Centre provides Ophthalmology Services to the population of the Scottish Borders (circa 116,000), also drawing patients from East Lothian, Lanarkshire and Northumberland. The ophthalmic theatre is situated in the Day Procedure Unit adjacent to the eye clinic. We have our own Out Patient facility within the main hospital building, and there are peripheral general out-patient clinics held in the Border towns of Hawick, Duns and Peebles. We have close ties with the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh. It may be possible to secure specialist activity in the job plan at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion or the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and there is opportunity for attendance at the regional Post Graduate training weekly session to maintain professional networks and links with the tertiary centre as consultants from throughout South East Scotland attend.

All candidates must possess full GMC Registration and a licence to practice, preferably on the Specialist Register and have proven experience in Ophthalmology

Informal enquiries and visits are welcome:
We welcome informal discussions and visits to our hospital - enquiries to Hassan Hashmi, Consultant Ophthalmologist, telephone.

See the videos on our microsite for the views of some of your prospective colleagues on living and working in the Scottish Borders at -fair