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Update on Waverley Care Milestone

Waverley Care Milestone temporarily repurposed as an interim care facility


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. 

The coronavirus pandemic has, once again, meant that we have had to relook at how we deliver care to those in need. Last month, 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. We began accepting referrals from hospitals at the end of April.  

Before starting to accept referrals, we worked closely with NHS Lothian and Edinburgh HSCP to adapt Milestone to provide interim care. New infection control measures were put in place and we have necessary supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). Clinical support from our NHS Lothian colleagues has been arranged to ensure that patients can access the medical care they need during their stay. 

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. We’re also working in partnership with the Cyrenians and the local authority to make sure people can access accommodation and support before discharge from Milestone. We’re also working with NHS Lothian to manage referrals for people who do not have coronavirus, but who have vulnerabilities and ongoing health needs. 

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.’ 

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. People who need our support can still get in touch by calling 0131 441 6989, by emailing Contact@waverleycare.org , or by using the live chat facility below.  


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