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14 NEW NURSING BEDS AT DEANFIELD

Deanfield Care Home. PICTURE: ILF IMAGING/THE HAWICK PAPER

Plans have been finalised to make 14 nursing beds available on the top floor of Deanfield Care Home in Hawick.

These will be available from 27 April to support the Borders General and Community Hospital by enabling medically fit patients awaiting a nursing home bed to have their needs met in a community setting. This facility will not only support their current care needs but also allow ongoing assessment to ensure that they can move on to appropriate care or home in due course.

Staffing will be provided by NHS Borders nurses working alongside the Council’s SB Cares support workers.

Tracey Logan, Scottish Borders Council’s Chief Executive, said: “Working together with our health partners we have decided to use the spare capacity at Deanfield Care Home to provide much needed nursing beds for those well enough to be discharged from hospital. We expect these extra beds to be of significant help to colleagues working to maintain capacity at the Borders General Hospital and support their COVID-19 response. We are pleased to have been able to help out with what is true integrated working between care and nursing staff.”

Nicky Berry, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Acute Services at NHS Borders, added: “The creation of this facility enables our patients to receive care in the right place to meet their needs. It is a testament to our health and social care staff across NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council that we have been able to make this happen.”

The arrangements will have no impact on the existing 17 Deanfield residents who are housed on the ground floor of the home, with every necessary measure in place to ensure that the two areas are separated and well protected.