Three care homes to close in trust area

Roxborough House in Moy.
Roxborough House in Moy.

Three of the 10 NHS-run residential homes in Northern Ireland destined for closure are within the Southern Health and Social Services Trust area, affecting 60 residents.

The closest to Portadown is Roxborough House in Moy where there are 30 residents. The others are Slieve Roe House in Kilkeel (23 places) and Skeagh House, Dromore (17).

A health board director said that Skeagh House, which has been closed since 2013 due to a landslide, will not be reopening.

She added there would be a 12-week consultative period, and that the remaining homes are - Chestnut Grove and Pine Lodge in Belfast; William Street and Rectory Field in Londonderry; Northfield House in Donaghadee; The Roddens in Ballymoney; Pinewood in Ballymena; and Westlands in Cookstown.

The trade union Unison said the decision from the board would leave communities “outraged” that there could be left with no residential care provision in their area.

Joe McCusker, Unison’s regional organiser, said, “For those homes that are identified for closure, this will cause distress and alarm for residents in those homes knowing that they will be the last residents.”

Fionnuala McAndrew, the Health and Social Care Board’s director of social care and children, said current permanent residents would not be affected by the proposals but the board had a responsibility to plan for the future.

“I am confident that the recommendations set out in the trusts’ proposals will help us achieve a balance between continuing to care for the current residents of statutory homes appropriately.”