Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson seeks assurances for Cottage Hospitals

11.10.17 Newton Stewart Hospital

Local MSP Finlay Carson has sought assurances from the Scottish Government that cottage hospitals will continue to be supported in Dumfries and Galloway.

In a question to the Health Secretary Shona Robison at the Scottish Parliament today, Carson highlighted the important role cottage hospitals play in transitioning patients from hospital to their homes.

Robison failed to mention cottage hospitals in her answer to Carson.

Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:

“Cottage hospitals play a vital role in the transition for patients from hospital to their homes.

“It allows them to be closer to home and eases pressure on hospital beds.

“I was therefore very disappointed that the Health Secretary totally failed to answer my question.

“I will be writing to her to clarify that the cottage hospital network in Dumfries and Galloway has the full backing of the Scottish Government and Dumfries and Galloway Health Board.”