Milestone Intermediate Care Unit
Milestone Intermediate Care Unit's Story
Since we opened our doors in 1991, Milestone has changed and adapted in response to developments in public health.
Originally providing end-of-life care, advances in HIV treatment have meant that Milestone now supports people to live well with HIV and hepatitis C.
In April we agreed with the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and NHS Lothian to temporarily repurpose Milestone as an interim care facility for people who are homeless (or at risk of) and have been treated in hospital for coronavirus. Milestone evolved to Milestone Intermediate Care Unit. With this change in place, we began accepting referrals from hospitals at the end of April.
Milestone has evolved to Milestone Intermediate Care Unit.
Our role is to provide intensive support to people who are homeless and have been treated in hospital for coronavirus, enabling them to return to a safe life in the community. As well as providing emotional and mental health support, we’ve been supporting people to access alcohol and drug services. You can read more about these changes to Milestone
Grant Sugden, Waverley Care’s Chief Executive said: ‘Waverley Care Milestone has continued to adapt and respond to the changing needs of people living with HIV and hepatitis C. We are really pleased that we are able to support the NHS and the Health and Social Care Partnership to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our society during the COVID-19 pandemic.’
MICU continues to help those most in need.
Now in December as the pandemic continues in Scotland, Milestone Intermediate Care Unit is still supporting people recovering from COVID-19. Watch Liz Marr, Senior Health Improvement Manager East, talk about Milestone’s journey in the video below.
Although Milestone is supporting our NHS and HSCP colleagues to respond to coronavirus, Waverley Care is still here for people who need support with HIV and hepatitis C. Our keyworkers across Scotland are making sure people have access to medication and food and are providing much needed emotional support.
Like all of our work, Milestone Intermediate Care Unit relies on us finding funding to cover some of the costs. While part of this funding comes from health boards, we still rely on donations from the public to bridge the gap. Find out how you can support the work of Waverley Care from our donations page.