De­men­tia ward’s off to Mon­k­lands

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Gary Fan­ning

The de­men­tia ward at Wishaw Gen­eral will move to Mon­k­lands Hospi­tal in a rad­i­cal shake-up.

And it comes as the acute adult in-pa­tient psy­chi­a­try ward 24 at Mon­k­lands Hospi­tal is to move to Wishaw Gen­eral in just a few weeks time.

More than 30 mem­bers of staff on the ward fear their jobs may be cut, while pa­tients face be­ing up­rooted after NHS La­nark­shire an­nounced the pro­pos­als, which will be put into ef­fect next month.

Dr Alis­tair Cook, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of Health and So­cial Care North La­nark­shire, stated that there will be no changes to over­all bed num­bers within the cur­rent men­tal health ser­vice.

He added that the plans come as a way of help­ing them deal with drop­ping num­bers of ju­nior doc­tors.

He con­tin­ued: “Th­ese aim to de­liver safer and more ef­fec­tive spe­cial­ist care to pa­tients who re­quire in­pa­tient care while de­vel­op­ing and im­prov­ing lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vices.

“The op­er­a­tional re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of North La­nark­shire men­tal health wards in Mon­k­lands Hospi­tal and Wishaw Gen­eral Hospi­tal is one that will im­prove the qual­ity and safety within th­ese wards.

“The change at Mon­k­lands will present the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign a more ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ment that is in keep­ing with the cur­rent ev­i­dence base for de­men­tia care while main­tain­ing the ward on a dis­trict gen­eral hospi­tal site.

“Elderly pa­tients ad­mit­ted with acute psy­chi­atric prob­lems who also have mem­ory prob­lems, will also ben­e­fit from the de­men­tia-friendly en­vi­ron­ment in Wishaw Gen­eral’s ward three.

“The changes are nec­es­sary as di­min­ish­ing trainee doc­tor num­bers mean cover­ing three acute sites is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult.

“The West of Scot­land Dean­ery has high­lighted how the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion could im­pact on trainee work load, train­ing qual­ity and the qual­ity of care to pa­tients.

“Sim­i­larly, de­spite in­tro­duc­ing Ad­vanced Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers, it is in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to main­tain acute psy­chi­atric ser­vices across three sites.”

Shake-up The de­men­tia ward at Wishaw Gen­eral will move to Mon­k­lands Hospi­tal

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