Chief Executive visits Day Hospital at South Tyrone Hospital
05/03/2014Southern Trust Chief Executive Mairead McAlinden recently visited the Day Hospital at South Tyrone Hospital to meet with staff and talk to patients to hear how they are benefitting from local services for older people.
Southern Trust Chief Executive Mairead McAlinden recently visited the Day Hospital at South Tyrone Hospital to meet with staff and talk to patients to hear how they are benefitting from local services for older people.
A wide range of local services for older people have been developed in recent years and the refurbished Day Hospital provides a local hub for these services which include rehabilitation services for up to 15 people per day, consultant-led medical assessment and review clinics, a specialist falls service, and a rapid access clinic for older people who need more urgent review of their medical needs to support them to remain at home and avoid hospital admission. Other specialist teams in the Day Hospital provide outpatient programmes for people with long-term health issues such as heart conditions, respiratory problems and stroke.
Mairead met with Christine Hughes from Dungannon who following an illness is now benefiting from a period of individually-tailored rehabilitation at the Day Hospital. A team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and a dietitian, is contributing to Christine’s recovery.
Sister Anne Marie McCance said: “We also provide a consultant-led ‘Rapid Access’ Clinic at the day hospital for older people. This clinic provides a local, responsive and expert service which supports GPs and older people when there is a concern about a medical condition including new mobility problems, chest infections and falls which might otherwise require hospital admission.”
Mairead also met staff at the Falls Clinic where patients over 65 years are seen by the Specialised Falls Team including a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, and occupational therapist. Each patient has an assessment to look at their individual risk of falls and is offered a programme tailored to their needs. This can include referral to the eight week falls rehabilitation programme or referral to the Day Hospital for rehabilitation.
Mairead said: “Our Rapid Access Clinic at the Day Hospital is designed to respond quickly where there are concerns about an older person’s health and independence. With this rapid response by expert staff, these concerns can be dealt with at this local clinic and can often avoid a crisis situation and hospital admission. I have spoken with a number of people who have used this service in Lurgan and now Dungannon and they say that they are happier to attend this local service and avoid hospitalisation. We are working with local GPs to make sure they know about the Rapid Access Service and refer their patients to this local service where appropriate as an alternative to hospital admission.
“I was also delighted to meet staff in the rehabilitation and falls services and to see at first hand the difference their skills are making to the lives of older people, who want to remain independent and just need this support to help them remain in their own home. These local service developments for older people are at the heart of the changes set out in Transforming Your Care, and we are confident that we are delivering the change that local people want.”
Anne Marie McCance, Sister Day Hospital; Christine Hughes, Service User; Joan Mc McCaffrey, Senior Occupational Therapist; Mairead Mc Alinden, Chief Executive; Deidre Regan, Occupational Therapy Team Lead Non Acute in the Occupational Therapy Dept