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Galashiels Nursing Home concerns remain

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Image caption Improvements in five areas have been ordered at the Borders care home

There are still "concerns about the health and well-being" of residents at a Borders nursing home previously criticised by inspectors.

The Care Inspectorate carried out an unannounced follow-up inspection after identifying "serious concerns" at Galashiels Nursing Home last September.

A visit in January found things had improved but a number of issues were still to be addressed.

The home has now been told it must make immediate improvements in five areas.

A spokesman for the Care Inspectorate said: "A previous inspection of this service in September last year identified serious concerns.

"Despite seeing areas of improvement we remain concerned about the health and well-being of residents following this most recent inspection."

He said everyone in Scotland had the right to "good quality, compassionate care which meets their needs and respects their rights".

"We are working closely with this service to ensure it improves the quality of care being provided," he added.

"We will be monitoring it closely and will not hesitate to take further action if required."

The requirements for action made by inspectors are in response to concerns over nutrition, medication and staff.

Other areas to be addressed are the health, welfare and safety of service users and personal plans, accurately setting out how these needs are to be met.

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