Review call over staff shortages
NHS chiefs have called for a strategic review of services after a hospital ward was forced into barring new admissions due to a shortage of medical workers.
Extreme staffing pressures have forced a restriction of new in-patient admissions at the County Community Hospital Invergordon (CCHI) Sutor Ward in the Highlands.
A number of staff members have recently gone on long-term sick leave, meaning the nursing team at CCHI used internal temporary relief, locum nurses and community nurses to overcome shortages.
The decision comes as the facility faces low relief nurse availability and fewer staff on the ward able to pick up shifts.
Deborah Jones, NHS Highland’s director of strategic commissioning, planning and performance, said: “Whilst this decision has been made for quality and safety reasons, there is a need to consider how we are going to sustain and enhance high-quality services. The board would plan to consult on this later in the year.”
Sutor Ward has community hospital beds providing a wide range of clinical care. The day hospital at CCHI will continue.