NHS Borders says its cancer patients are receiving some of the quickest care in Scotland, based on new statistics.

The health board has announced that nearly every cancer patient is receiving treatment within national targets, putting the Borders above the Scottish average.

An NHS Borders spokesperson said local patients receive “some of the timeliest care in the country”.

Data collected between July and September shows that 97 per cent of Borders patients who are given an ‘urgent suspicion of cancer referral’ go on to receive their first cancer treatment within the Scottish Government’s 62-day target.

And NHS Borders also says 100 per cent of patients “receive their first treatment within the Scottish Government target of 31 days (from the date of the decision to treat), which is again higher than the average achieved for Scotland as a whole”.

Staff do 'incredible' work

Nicky Berry, director of nursing and operations, said: “I am proud that our cancer services traditionally perform well and that they have continued to do so during the ongoing global pandemic, thanks to the incredible hard work and dedication of our staff.

"We will endeavour to maintain strong waiting time performance in the coming winter months."

Ms Berry added that although some patients may be concerned about treatment provision during the pandemic, receiving a timely diagnosis and treatment is "crucial".

She said: “We understand that people may be anxious about attending healthcare settings during the COVID-19 situation.

"However, receiving diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible is crucial in ensuring that patients have the best chance at beating their cancer.

"If you are concerned or worried, please continue to seek professional advice by contacting your GP.”