Health & Social Care services are currently being reviewed in the area with a view to modernising the way that services are delivered in Annandale and Eskdale. The need for change and some of the initial ideas and proposals are set out in this document.
The review will cover the whole locality of Annandale and Eskdale but there will be more specific plans and options drawn together for each of the four areas of :-
- Moffat and Beattock,
- Esk Valley and Gretna,
- Lockerbie, Lochmaben and Ecclefechan
The review and development process will take place over the course of the next 3 years with the first phases being Moffat & Beattock and the Esk Valley. New models of care may result in a change of use of current community facilities and assets, including our Cottage Hospitals and GP Practices. Having significant funds tied up in buildings across the locality means less money to invest in community services which would benefit a higher number of local people. All of the service changes will focus on providing more person centred care, more effective use of local resources and assets and take account of the fact that current service provision is not sustainable or fit for the future.
Development of our local facilities will also allow for greater co-location of health and social care services in the area and reduce the impact of some of our key challenges, thus leading to more sustainable models of care.