Project’s award success
An NHS project piloted at Summerlee House care home has won a national award for innovation.
The continence care project won its category at the UK-wide GO awards for excellence in public procurement.
Margaret McDonald of Summerlee House was among the team collecting the award, with colleagues from NHS Lanarkshire, NHS National Services and fellow pilot venue David Walker Gardens in Rutherglen.
It helped staff improve the quality of care through small changes including medication reviews and reducing caffeine intake, plus better recording of processes.
The scheme’s results saw improvements including halving of urinary infections, skin damage reducing by one third and a 65 per cent reduction in falls.
Staff are now exploring how it could be rolled out to other facilities, and a film documenting the project is available on YouTube.