Uncertainty surrounds care home

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THE future of Crumhaugh House care home is shrouded in mystery.

Fresh fears surfaced this week amid persistent rumours staff had been advised to find other jobs because of a closure threat.

And these were not dispelled by NHS Borders when contacted by the Hawick News as they repeatedly refused to confirm whether the facility had a future.

When asked if Crumhaugh House was to close, a statement from Colin Campbell, chief executive of NHS Borders said: “The review of our services takes account of the number of beds we have as we know that NHS Borders has a much higher proportion than other Board areas.

“It is far better for patients to remain in their own homes, wherever possible, supported by modern services in the community and that is our aim.

“We have closed beds and put in enhanced community services at Jedburgh and Coldstream and we continue to look at bed numbers at all our facilities to achieve this aim across the Borders.

“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.”

Crumhaugh House is a 20 bed unit catering for frail elderly, terminally ill, people awaiting placement and patients who were previously nursing home residents.

Access to the service is by referral from a consultant.

Local councillor Davie Paterson told the Hawick News he had previously been given assurances that no decisions had been taken, but admitted that the constant speculation was a worry for patients, relatives and members of staff.

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.”