Archie Dryburgh, councillor for Annandale East and Eskdale, has thrown his support behind a community based option for the future of health and care services in Langholm.
His support comes after the last meeting of the NHS Dumfries and Galloway Health last Monday (2 December) where the future of health and care services in Langholm were discussed. Five options were presented to the board which included doing nothing as well as the introduction of a fully community based model of health and care which would see the Thomas Hope Hospital retained and developed as an integrated hub with day hospital/day care, telehealth, community care and GP services. It is this option that Councillor Dryburgh supports.
Councillor Dryburgh said:
“I am throwing my support behind the community based model as it the best option to meet the needs of the people of Langholm. This model of care would be very different from what has gone before it. It would enable local people to enjoy an integrated health and care service and build upon the work of ‘Putting You First’.”
“However, a community based approach is not just about money. It is about ensuring that realistic goals are set and that these goals are scrutinised on regular basis. Alongside developing the Thomas Hope Hospital as an integrated hub, I want to see a new hospital built. After years of talking about the future of health and social care in Langholm, it is now time for some action real action to be taken. The people of Langholm cannot afford more years of talk.”