Health hub given go-ahead for Peebles Hay Lodge hospital

LOCAL NHS bosses have agreed to go ahead with a health ‘hub’ bringing mental health and social work services into Hay Lodge hospital in Peebles, writes Sally Gillespie.

As reported in TheSouthern at the end of last month, the new centre will see the closure of one of the hospital’s two wards.

NHS Borders board members agreed to spend £200,000 starting the project in the autumn at their meeting in Selkirk last Thursday.

Officials say the first phase to shift care from hospital to the more community-based services will cost £580,000. The board agreed to try to get the rest of the money to pay for it from the Scottish Government’s Change Fund.

The hub will involve co-locating mental health and social work services in the hospital, enhancing existing services and providing other services to “support people to remain safely within their own homes and communities” said an NHS spokesperson.

The meeting also decided to have final discussions with the community, staff and stakeholder groups to agree a way forward over the next month.

NHS Borders’ chief operating officer Jane Davidson said: “This investment opportunity demonstrates our continued commitment to provide high quality, safe and sustainable services within Hay Lodge Hospital.

“We now need to ensure we have the same level of support from the Tweeddale community – that the community supports this investment and way forward to meet the needs of the local population and secure the future of healthcare provision in the area.”

Local Scottish Borders councillor Catriona Bhatia said: “We have a meeting with NHS Borders later in the week and will be seeking assurances that the model proposed will indeed meet the needs of Tweeddale’s growing elderly population, and that Haylodge Hospital will remain at the heart of providing health services to the local community for many years to come.”