WHEN over a decade ago the government decided to close Ouse Hospital/ nursing home the minister hired a consultant to justify the plan. One of the reasons the consultant came up with was that people lived too long there after admission. The only thing they could think of to explain this was that they must have been admitted too early. In a culture where they are trained, supported and appreciated, staff can achieve outcomes that make them proud. When care is consistent, the frailest person can expect a comfortable, valued, smile-filled life which is not one day shorter than it need be.
Phyl Smithurst Ellendale