HEALTH chiefs have again stressed that no decision has been taken on the future of Crumhaugh House.
But they were unable to rule out closure as rumours circulated that the west end hospital is to be axed next year.
Calum Campbell, chief executive of NHS Borders, said: “The Teviot In-Patient Redesign Project (TIRP) is focused on considering future service provision in the Teviot locality. It is not focused on individual buildings, however, moving services from their current location, if it improves health care delivery, is one of a number of potential options that requires consideration. Several projects are under way which will help inform the future feasibility of the Crumhaugh site, but all are at an early stage and no decisions have yet been taken.”
He added: “The focus of the Teviot Project is to improve patient safety and shift the balance of care from institutional service delivery to approaches which increase the level of treatment people can access in their own home.
“NHS Borders has been shown to have a greater number of hospital beds per head of population compared to other health boards and the rest of the UK. The Teviot Project includes an aim to reduce in-patient beds and increase the proportion of care in a non-inpatient environment.”