Re­view call over staff short­ages

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

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.

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