Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay concerned over Bridge of Dee care home closure




Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has voiced his concerns that a care home at Bridge of Dee in his constituency is set to close within three months.

The residents at Dunjop were informed of the decision yesterday due to issues surrounding its sustainability.

Mr Carson believes that the 11 residents and their families as well as the staff who work at the facility have been left in a terrible position.

With a short timeframe ahead of closure, Mr Carson believes the welfare of residents and finding alternative accommodation, if closure does go ahead is an absolute priority.

Mr Carson also says the closure raises questions over the future delivery of health and social care services in the region in the future.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “It is hugely concerning that a care home facility serving the needs of a rural community can be earmarked for closure in three months.

“It leaves very little time for alternative accommodation to be found for the residents, putting them and their families under a great deal of stress.

“Furthermore, people who work at the facility tirelessly round the clock will be left to seek alternative employment, in an area where opportunities can often be limited.

“Downing Care Ltd’s top priority must be to engage closely with residents and their families about how their needs will be best met upon closure of this facility.

“This closures puts the future delivery of health and social care services across Dumfries and Galloway firmly in the spotlight.

“All stakeholders must work closely together to ensure that patients needs continue to be met in our rural communities and that services remain easily accessible.”