Recruitment drive to revive Barrow dementia unit
Last updated at 16:31, Thursday, 24 October 2013
A DEMENTIA care unit in Barrow which was criticised by an NHS watchdog is recruiting more staff as part of its bid to get in new patients.
The Ramsey unit in the grounds of Furness General Hospital suspended new admissions on October 11 after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission found “serious issues”.
During the suspension, dementia patients from South Cumbria who require specialist support are being transferred to the Ruskin unit in Carlisle – the only other dementia assessment unit in the county.
If no beds are available there, then patients are being admitted to facilities in Lancashire.
A routine CQC check ruled a shortage of staff and the high dependency of patients was impacting on the level of care being received.
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the unit, is recruiting eight extra members of staff to improve standards. In the meantime, it is drafting in reinforcements from other sites.
Claire Molloy, chief executive of the trust, said: “We were shocked, disappointed and upset to receive the feedback from the CQC and improving the quality of care we offer on the unit is my utmost priority.”
Prior to the CQC inspection, around 30 members of staff were based at the Ramsey Unit in Dalton Lane, Barrow.
However following the visit, the trust is advertising for three new staff nurses, three healthcare assistants and one housekeeper. The unit has already recruited one staff nurse, taking the total of new posts to eight.
An action plan for the unit is being drawn up and monitored by the CQC every 48 hours.
Cumbria’s lead GP for Furness, Dr Geoff Jolliffe, of Risedale Surgery, said: “It is a matter of concern when the CQC issues this concern themselves.
“But I have been impressed with the way the trust is responding rapidly to the problem. I have seen their action plan and it is very comprehensive.”
The Ramsey unit cares for up to 16 dementia patients with problems such as aggressive behaviour.
It is unclear when the site will admit new patients again.
First published at 16:10, Thursday, 24 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I've been keeping up to date on the recent closure etc of the Ramsey Unit closure, & as I am caring for My Mum, who has this horrible disease (& whom now lives with us) I find it appalling that already going through what we do as family/carers 24/7, shocking that they now been took as far as Lancaster & Carlisle, I would love to be free to be able to help get this much needed unit back open by helping, currently trying to fit in a course on adult social care (mums mood permitting) would love to work in a place like this.. I might not have the qualified trainig/certificates, but have the best on hands experience as carer who has had to learn something new every other week or even day, as its like you find a solution to one new thing you smile, then it's a big change as something else happens to them that you then have to figure out & learn (eventually) how to help them feel safe with it.... sorry for the essay, it's just something very close to my heart.. really hope they get the staff needed & will once again re-open to new admissions....