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Mental Welfare Commission praises patient care at Dykebar’s South Ward

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Staff on Dykebar Hospital’s South Ward have been commended for the person centred care they deliver to patients. 

Mental Welfare Commission inspectors visited the ward in August as part of their regular visits to Scotland’s acute adult wards. 

Inspectors remarked on the pleasant atmosphere on the ward and were impressed by staff knowledge of their patients and their individual care needs. It was also observed that patients reported that staff were friendly, helpful and respectful. 

Inspectors noted that there continues to be good clinical psychology input while a number of patients also have complex physical healthcare needs. These patients were observed as having their needs well met with regular physical health checks and referrals to specialist services if required. 

Christine Laverty, Head of Mental Health, Addictions and Learning Disability Services, Renfrewshire HSCP, said: “We welcome this report and the positive comments made by the inspectors.  

“I’m pleased they highlight the quality of the individual care plans and that these are reviewed regularly by multi-disciplinary teams with patient input and attendance at meetings. 

“The inspectors also highlighted the regular meetings between the ward and the local Community Mental Health Team which provide a formalised link between the ward and community. This was held up as representing good practice as are the weekly meetings with social work to discuss social work referrals. 

“I’m particularly encouraged to see special mention made regarding patients speaking very positively about ward staff and how they always communicate and consult with them. 

“Our staff should be proud that patients feel well cared for, respected and included in discussions around their care.”

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