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Dementia house opens in Stranraer

The house. Credit: ITV Border

A house full of gadgets to help families care for relatives who are elderly or have dementia has been opened in Stranraer.

Some of the items on show include a 'talking' microwave.

The aim is to help the most vulnerable people in our society live better, more independent lives.

The house has been set up by Loreburn Housing Association, and healthcare professionals.

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NHS Chief Executive apologises to dementia families

Darataigh dementia unit. Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway has apologised to families in Stranraer, after their loved ones were moved from the town's dementia facility.

Darataigh dementia unit was closed temporarily because repairs had to be carried out to the boiler.

However, families then said they had been informed that the closure was permanent, meaning they would have to make the 75-mile trip to Dumfries to visit their loved ones on a permanent basis.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has since said it will re-open Darataigh for the duration of a six-month consultation into the site's future.

Chief Executive Jeff Ace has now apologised to the families over how they were treated:

I think I need to apologise, we didn't communicate effectively, either about what our current dementia model is, and how Darataigh is used, or how we want dementia services to be in the west of the region."

– Jeff Ace, Chief Executive

Temporary reprieve for Stranraer dementia unit

Darataigh dementia unit. Credit: ITV Border

A Stranraer dementia unit that was suddenly closed to patients in September has been given a temporary reprieve.

NHS bosses say repairs will be carried out to the boiler at the Darataigh facility, so it can accept admissions during a six-month consultation period on its future.

Since the closure patients using Darataigh have been transferred 75 miles to Dumfries.

Petition calls for 'essential' dementia service to remain

The petition. Credit: Change.org

An online petition calling for Stranraer's Darataigh dementia unit to remain open, has been signed by almost 1,000 people.

The petition, entitled 'Don't let Darataigh Dementia Service close' reads:

NHS Dumfries & Galloway are to close Darataigh thereby taking away the dementia service from Stranraer and the west of the region. This is an essential service that we must protect if we are not to see yet more services being taken to Dumfries."

– The petition
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