Project’s award suc­cess

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

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.

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