Delivering Safer Care in the Southern Trust
24/04/2014Staff from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust have been recognised for delivering safer care at the ‘GAIN Health and Social Care Quality Awards.’
This is the third year of the now annual awards initiative which recognises service improvement and innovation, patient/client safety and audit.
Craigavon Area Hospital’s Maternity Unit took first prize for their presentation on a new Induction facility in Delivery Suite for labouring women and the paediatric team were runner’s up for presenting on the development of a Paediatric Decision Unit.
Previously women requiring their labour to be induced were admitted to the ante-natal ward and transferred to Delivery Suite for the birth of their babies. By relocating this service to within the Delivery Suite, the maternity team have streamlined the pathway for this group of women and improved their experience by increasing privacy and dignity and reducing the stress of transferring to another area whilst in labour. The change has also improved communication between staff and ultimately is providing a safer service for mothers and babies.
The Paediatric Decision Unit at Craigavon Hospital treats children and young people who need a short period of observation or treatment but when appropriately treated can avoid an overnight stay in hospital. The Unit takes referrals from the Emergency Department and GPs for a wide range of conditions including dehydration, respiratory conditions, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. The team also offers health promotion support and advice to parents and uses their treatment room to prepare children for planned investigations in a child friendly environment.
Congratulating the staff, Trust Chief Executive Mairead McAlinden said: “Staff are continually developing and changing services to improve the safety and quality of care we provide. These are two exceptional examples of our clinicians and managers working together to deliver better services, and there are many more good examples throughout the Trust. This innovative work rarely gets the recognition it deserves, and so I am delighted that the achievements of staff in our Maternity Unit and Paediatric Service have been recognised by these important Awards.”
- GAIN is the Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network
Anne McVey, Assistant Director of Acute Services; Integrated Maternity & Women’s Health with Wendy Clarke, Acting Lead Midwife for Intrapartum Care, Dr Harmini Sidhu, Consultant Obstetrician and Patricia McStay, Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology with the GAIN Health and Social Care Quality Award.
Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners, Emma Laird and Alison Robinson from the Paediatric Decision Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital who were runner’s up at the GAIN Health and Social Care Quality Awards.