Menu
 
Home | News | Closure claim denied
 
News | 28th June 2020
 

Closure claim denied

But NHS says it must adapt to meet threat of a second

 
 
 

CLAIMS are being made that the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway is holding secret talks over the possible closures of cottage hospitals.

This includes the Thomas Hope Hospital in Langholm.
David Mundell, MP, and Oliver Mundell, MSP, who both represent the town, have called on NHS Dumfries & Galloway to commit to the long-term future of cottage hospitals after rumours of plans to close some of them circulated.

They were contacted by a number of well-informed constituents who were concerned that discussions to axe the much-valued community beds were taking place behind closed doors, without public consultation.

The suggestion has been made that the hospitals are no longer fit for purposes or needed in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

They believe it is too early to make that kind of assessment and are worried that this may just be the latest in a long line of excuses for trying to shut their doors. 

They have written to Jeff Ace, chief executive, asking him to dispel the claims and confirm that no plans to permanently close the hospitals in Moffat, Annan, Langholm, Thornhill and Lochmaben are under discussion.

Oliver Mundell has also lodged parliamentary questions at Holyrood to seek assurances from the government that major changes to service delivery should not go ahead without consultation and should not take place during a global health pandemic.

David Mundell said: “I have lost count of how many times these hospitals have been threatened with closure in recent years and I’m concerned to hear from constituents that plans may be afoot to do so at this time. 

“The virus outbreak will have an impact on how health services are delivered but this cannot be used as a justification for closures.”

Oliver Mundell added: “People will be worried to hear that such a major redesign of health services could be underway without any consultation. 

“The hospitals and their staff do an exceptional job for communities and allow people to receive treatment and care closer to home. 

“Getting NHS services back to normal should be the first priority at this time and big decisions like this should be kicked into the long grass until there is time to properly engage with residents.”

An NHS Dumfries & Galloway spokesman said: “We believe these concerns result from a decision to task four cottage hospitals to serve as dedicated step-down facilities for treating COVID-19 patients as part of escalation plans to address the coronavirus.

“We have been fortunate that we did not have the number of cases of COVID-19 here in the first wave which we might have expected.

“We attribute this to fantastic ongoing public compliance with national guidance and the work undertaken to suppress replication, now backed by Test and Protect.

“A consequence of these low numbers of cases is that we have not had to rely on these four dedicated hospitals in Kirkcudbright, Moffat, Thornhill and Newton Stewart.

“While they might have been among the busiest if we had experienced a high number of cases, the resulting lack of activity has given rise to concerns over their usage.

“While we have not yet had to rely on them, we remain in a precarious position.

“There is a possibility of a second wave of infections, faced by a population which has had little exposure to the virus and has very little resistance.

“Arrangements for those four hospitals to stand ready as step-down facilities remain in place.

“Staff, who would normally work in the cottage hospitals, are temporarily supporting either other cottage hospitals or the community nursing teams.

“They are also positioned to support care homes in the event of staffing shortages because of COVID-19.

“It would be difficult to overstate the effect that COVID-19 has had on every health and social care service here.

“It is also unavoidable that we will need to adapt and evolve the way services are delivered to minimises the risk of cross-infection to patients and staff.

“There will likely be no service unaffected in some way by this situation and this includes cottage hospitals where layouts can create particular challenges around COVID-19 transmission.

“We are focused on re-establishing services for the most urgent cases, including those, whose wait for treatment has been extended by this emergency.

“A large amount of work is needed on the wider range of services and it’s not realistic to give assurances or commitments over how any service will operate as we continue to adapt.

“Any long-term changes, which result from this adaptation, will be developed in partnership with communities, staff and stakeholders and with proper consultation.”

 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

School transfer news

Langholm Alliance to consult on use of former primary building

 

Langholm Town Centre Building in danger of collapse

Fears that falling scaffolding and masonry may kill or injure

 

Our dream jobs

Two new managers appointed at reserve

 

Town's revival starts to come to fruition

Langholm Alliance has contributed £15,000 to boost activities

 

Engineering a future

Academy pupils awarded Industrial Cadet certificates

 

Rachel hands over the reins to Danielle

E&L Advertiser’s new community editor takes up her new post

 

Full steam ahead for ambitious enterprise

Planners give green light to the conversion of former BFA…

 

Langholm People

OutPost Arts sets portrait challenge

 

Community purchase of school on Knife-edge

THE future of Langholm’s former primary school as a vital…

 

War Memorial improvements

LANGHOLM Social Club is pleased to announce that, after much…

 

Town’s flood scheme is ready for public airing

Once COVID-19 restrictions ease, council will meet residents

 

COVID puts paid to second Common Riding

Members reluctantly cancel Langholm’s 2021 event

 

Mr Grumpy wins for Sharon

A LANGHHOLM amateur photographer has won the top prize in…

 

Langholm misses out on major investment

Town comes too low on index of need to qualify…

 

Book tells of ages past

A BOOK about Westerkirk in the year 2020/21 is ready…

 

Pauline awarded BEM

Award given to resilience team leader

 

Plan revealed for trees on two Eskdale farms

Timber processor wants to plant 450 hectares next to Claygate

 

Memories of Joe's shop

A BLAST from the past was uncovered during renovation works…

 

Murtholm site masterplan recommended for adoption

Council agreement will pave way for 200 houses if applications…

 

Promote your event on the Town Website

“What’s on” page is an effective way to publicise your…

 

Summer blockbuster

Project to show how generations faced adversity 75 years apart

 

Fragile Community faces more Turbines

NEWCASTLETON community council has responded to a proposal for a…

 

Speed Limit zone change leaves residents baffled

Council made changes to the zoning without any consultation

 

Two options under review for 2021 Common Riding

Lifting of restrictions may give members more opportunities

 

Cannabis oil company raises £2m to sell shares

Medicinal drug greenhouse production aspires to create 50 jobs

 

Major funding boost for vital parent groups

Public vote earns Langholm Playcare £12k for family support

 

Charming and popular lady

Elizabeth Calvert, By her son, Robert Calvert ELIZABETH Calvert was…

 

Mundell wins with a larger share of votes

Conservative retains Dumfriesshire seat with 4,000 majority

 

Kiosk will be used at last

THE Langholm Initiative has announced it took over ownership of…

 

Fly-tipper seen while dumping her fridge

Second item left in Eskdale in a week highlights waste…

 

Can crumbling castle be saved from collapse?

Part of Langholm’s history in danger of disappearing altogether

 

Langholm designers showcase latest collection

Rose’s Wardrobe Vintage launch their first summer collection

 

Row over hub’s role in serving its community

Validity of a questionnaire on catering for shooters is doubted

 

Residents in fear of their lives every day

Neighbours are extremely concerned about the state of the spire

 

Vote for us

Public asked to give support

 

Specially-brewed Duke's Ale a hit with HRH

A Langholm man tells of his company’s relationship with the…

 

Ranges reclassed as major developments

Council declares both applications at Eskdalemuir as invalid

 

Langholm-brewed real ale is a real hit

Borderlands Brewery’s Esk Blonde sells out in twelve hours

 

Eskdale tributes to Prince Philip

TRIBUTES have been paid to the Duke of Edinburgh by…

 

Day Centre applauded for its endless support

Staff and volunteers deliver over 10,000 meals during lockdowns

 
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.