Hawick care home closure fears

David Paterson
David Paterson

THE future of a Hawick care home is in doubt, writes Kenny Paterson.

Staff at the 20-bed Crumhaugh House have reportedly been advised to look for jobs elsewhere because of fears it may close.

Calum Campbell.

Calum Campbell.

NHS Borders chief executive Calum Campbell said it is too early to say whether the facility is facing the axe.

Mr Campbell said a study of NHS Borders’ services was being undertaken – the health board has a much higher proportion of beds than other regions of Scotland.

He added: “It is too early in the process to determine whether specific facilities will be closed. Any options developed for significant service change, such as closing facilities, will need to address appropriate alternative service provision and we will consult with local communities and stakeholders.”

And Jane Davidson, NHS Borders chief operating officer added: “We are reviewing all our services across the Borders to make sure they meet the needs of our patients now and in the future. All our services and facilities are part of this review.

“We have not made any decisions at this point in time about any of the facilities, and we have not advised staff to look for other jobs.”

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson is seeking a definite answer as to whether Crumhaugh House – which looks after frail pensioners, the terminally ill and people awaiting placement and patients previously in nursing homes – will remain open or be forced to close.

He said: “I spoke to Dr Ross Cameron [medical director of NHS Borders] a few weeks ago and he assured me that no decisions have been made, but I would be really annoyed if workers have been told they’re better finding alternative employment.

“It just seems as though everybody’s being kept in the dark and that’s not fair, while the rumours certainly aren’t helping.”