South Scotland

Darataigh dementia unit in Stranraer closure confirmed

A dementia unit in Stranraer is to be permanently closed following public consultation about its future.

The Darataigh facility was given a reprieve last year after concerns about some patients being transferred to Dumfries - more than 70 miles away.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway said it had now approved a new model of community-based services.

It said it would support the development of a "range of modern mental health services" in the area.

The future of the building will now be the subject of further consultation.

'Key issues'

The health board, which has a non-redundancy policy, said it would be supporting staff to find alternative employment.

Lead nurse Linda McKechnie said: "I was delighted that so many local people took the opportunity to engage with us on the mental health change programme in Dumfries and Galloway.

"Getting to speak with local people and discuss the key issues for the area gave us the opportunity to outline what we mean by the change programme and describe the various mental health services that are available locally.

"Whilst some were concerned about change, local people were generally supportive of the improved model of care and recognised and understood the need for change and improvement.

"We have listened and taken on board all of the feedback received during the engagement exercise and we will continue to use this information as we progress with these plans."

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