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Selkirk care home criticised

A care home in the Borders has been heavily criticised by regulators in three separate reports.

Riverside Healthcare Centre in Selkirk was investigated by the Care Inspectorate following complaints made by a relative of a female resident.

The complaint concerned her end of life care and the use of a scheduled painkiller drug. 9 out of 14 of the relative's complaints were upheld.

A surprise inspection of the Bridge Street home took place in December.

The home provides 24 hour care for up to 45 elderly people.

Inspectors graded Riverside "weak" in quality of care and support and in quality of management and leadership.

A spokesperson at the care home said:

"We are working with the Care Inspectorate to resolve these issues and they have noted significant progress."

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Cumbrian care home celebrates 150th birthday

A Cumbrian care home is celebrating it's 150th birthday. The Silloth Nursing and residential Care Home opened its doors in 1862. In that time it has cared for convalescing patients from the Cumberland Infirmary who used to arrive by train.

The home also looked after wounded soldiers during World War 1 and offered care to woman from Gretna Munitions. A host of former staff have been invited to join the celebrations at the home which cares for elderly people and young disabled adults.

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Care home closure discussed

Woodlands care home Credit: ITV Border

A west Cumbrian care home that has been approved for closure will be discussed by county councillor again today.

Woodlands Care home in Distington was one of three in west Cumbria that were earmarkerd for closure.

Following a three month consultation period Woodlands was the only one that wasn't saved. That decision was called in by three county councillors and it's impending closure will now be discussed by a scrutiny committee.

Fears for Langholm care home

There are fears about the future of the Dalarran Care Home in Langholm Credit: ITV Border

Families of residents at a Langholm care home say they're desperate for it to remain open.

The operators of the Dalarran home say it's making a loss and are looking for more cash from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Supporters say the home is vital to the local community and its 12 residents.

Alan Weatherstone says the home provides excellent care Credit: ITV Border

Today Alan Weatherstone, whose parents are in the Dalarran, said: "The NHS and the council in Dumfries and Galloway have admitted there's a need for care here and we need them to step up to the mark and do something about it.

"If we lose Dalarran it will be a disaster for the Eskdale Valley."

A council meeting about the home's future is due to take place on Tuesday.

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