‘No decision’ over future of building but alternative uses being sought

IT IS unclear what will become of the Crumhaugh House building.

The facility, which was opened by His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch in 1995, is recommended for closure.

But while the plans for patients were outlined at Monday night’s public meeting, health bosses admitted they had no idea what will happen to the building itself.

NHS Borders chief executive Calum Campbell said: “The decision the board will have to make is about the services. That’s got consequences for the building and we will have to face those challenges if this is approved.

“We have been having discussions and it could be used as extra care housing but there’s no decision on that.”

However, Hawick and Hermitage councillor George Turnbull hoped it wouldn’t end up another derelict building in the town.

He said: “I hope we can put it to good use. I’d hate to see a repeat of the sad state of the former Cottage Hospital.”

Mr Campbell revealed discussions had taken place with Scottish Borders Council but stressed the building was not a priority at this moment in time.

He added: “The building belongs to NHS Borders. We are trying to find alternative uses and ideally it would be for care but we have not got a solution.

“The board will be asked to move on the services. We have to do that first and then look at the building.”