Stranraer care home to close

A respite care home in Stranraer is to close but the NHS say there will be no compulsary redundancies.

On Monday 2 November 2015, NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Performance Committee agreed to accelerate plans to redesign services providing care and support for people with dementia in Wigtownshire. Clinical developments in mental health services have already led NHS Dumfries and Galloway to make changes in Annandale and Eskdale, Stewartry and Dumfries and Nithsdale.

Julie White, Chief Operating Officer for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “The proposals to redesign mental health services in Wigtownshire have been in development for some time. However, a recent failure of essential equipment has meant that plans have been brought forward.

“Current service users, their families and Carers have been informed of the Board’s decision to not re-open Darataigh and our clinical teams are making sure that the needs of the people who currently use Darataigh are met and that transition to new services is as smooth as possible.

“Staff from the Unit have been told about the Board’s decision and they will be eligible to take up new posts either in hospital or community based services. There will be no compulsory redundancies.

This redesign of services means that we are able to offer an enhanced community mental health service to Wigtownshire that will also be available throughout the rest of Dumfries and Galloway.”

Darataigh also currently offers respite care for three adults with learning disabilities and the NHS Dumfries and Galloway will continue to fund previously agreed levels of respite care for these people in Stranraer’s purpose built facility at Dalrymple Terrace.