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Hospital Set To Employ More Staff

Friday September 20 2013

Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital

BARNSLEY Hospital is to employ more nurses to make wards for elderly patients safer.

Around 13 new posts consisting of full and part-time positions will be created and it's hoped the staff will be in place on wards 19 and 20 by Christmas.

Currently, there's one matron for the two wards and each ward is managed by a senior nurse.

For ‘ideal, good quality care’, the nursing union, the Royal College of Nursing, recommends there's one registered nurse for every five patients.

The impact of the increased staff on patient safety will focus on falls and pressure ulcers and will be monitored monthly.

From April to June there were 28 falls suffered by patients on ward 19, while on ward 20 there were 53. There were five pressure ulcers on ward 19 and four on ward 20 - all suffered after the patient arrived in hospital.

Heather McNair, chief nurse at Barnsley Hospital, said staffing levels were continually reviewed.

"The Royal College of Nursing provides recommended levels of staffing and we use these as a benchmark to measure our own levels," she added.

"In order to achieve the ideal, quality care as recommended by the RCN we have committed to recruiting more nurses on our elderly care wards."

David Munday, a health officer for the Unite union, said: "Improving care means having enough staff on wards to respond to the needs of patients.

"If patients can’t get a response from a nurse quickly enough, they can sometimes try and get out of bed themselves and can end up falling if they aren't very steady on their feet. More staff will improve that."

Michelle Mitchell from Age UK said the move was good news.

"Low staffing levels on hospital wards dangerously compromise elderly patients care and dignity. Nurses need time to be able to look after, listen and respond to their older patients," she added.

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Reply Posted by Mick on Friday September 20 2013 at 14:14
With so many incidents in such a short time it sounds like these changes are long overdue. Our older people deserve the best.

Reply Posted by steve on Saturday September 21 2013 at 00:05
This change should be done to all wards every patient deserves the same care no matter if they are elderly or not

Reply Posted by RH on Sunday September 22 2013 at 20:00
That’s very true. However, my mum was in Barnsley General for over 5 weeks and we saw quite a few incidents where the old and frail were treated appallingly and with no compassion at all. Many of these patients had dementia or (as with many elderly people) just did not like to complain. Unfortunately if no one complains, nothing gets done about it.

Reply Posted by Steve on Monday September 23 2013 at 13:57
My wife (51) on a ward now, unable to talk due to tracheal pipe or write anything down and unable to press buzzer to get nurses attention. She needs checking on at a regular basis but she only seems to see nurses when they need to give medication etc.A lot different from care she received in ICU and the HDU. Hopefully after my complaints they may find a better place to continue her long recovery.

Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday September 24 2013 at 17:08
Somethings going wrong up there. Today,my daughter in law has been admitted with severe stomach pains. After filling in loads of forms ,a nurse has asked her how she is with her diabetes. She is not diabetic,so god knows where that's come from? Its all the more hurtful and scary as my sons partner actually died with diabetic at the age of 27! There's something wrong when even simple form filling is being done wrong. I,m just praying she comes out tomorrow in case they balls something up. Useless

Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday September 24 2013 at 17:10
That should read,his first partner,mother of his little boy. Help is needed up there.

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