Concern at Hillcrest review plan

Hillcrest Care Home in Girvan
Hillcrest Care Home in Girvan

There is concern over care home facilities in South Carrick after a review was announced into provision at the Hillcrest home in Girvan.

South Ayrshire’s Joint Integrated Board, which includes members from both the local authority and NHS Ayrshire and Arran, has announced the review into the facilities at Hillcrest Care Home.

Local independent councillor Alec Clark says there is already a reduced capacity in the area with residents and families now facing uncertainty over the future of the care home.

Alec Clark said: “Only two years ago we had a review of Hillcrest and the intention was to move it in with the nearby Trust Housing.

“But they failed to access funding for an extenstion to the home in Old Street. It was agreed after that review that Hillcrest would remain seperate.

“Hillcrest is much needed in Girvan and Carrick as we just do not have the same amount of homes as they do further north in Ayrshire.

“As far as residentail care homes go all we have is Hillcrest, Ainslie Manor and Fairknowe in Maybole and there are waiting lists to get into them as it is as there is not enough capacity.

“We are talking about very vulnerable people here. We don’t have the options they have in Ayr and Prestwick. People down here can’t be forced to go to another home where they are away from family.

“This decision was never raised at full council or anywhere else. they have taken a decision without consulting the locality planning board and without any structure in place.

“The last thing we want to do is cause uncertainty and distress to resident, staff and families in Hillcrest. I will defend Hillcrest at all costs, it can’t be replaced.”

Kenny Leinster, Head of Community Health and Care Services at South Ayrshire Council said: “South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership is committed to caring for older people, whether this is in a residential care facility or in their own homes.

“In South Ayrshire there are currently over 800 elderly people residing in care homes managed through South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and their health and well-being will always be a key priority. This review will look at the facilities at Hillcrest and South Lodge.

“This review has just started but over the coming weeks and months, consultation will take place with residents, relatives, staff and the local community.”