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Inverclyde PDRU Nursing Team

Inverclyde PDRU Nursing Team

As a team they recognise no boundaries when it comes to helping their patients and one another.

It was this multidisciplinary approach which earned the Inverclyde Physical Disability Rehabilitation Unit (PDRU) at the Larkfield Unit, in the grounds of Inverclyde Royal Hospital, a Chairman’s Award in the nursing category this year.

Nursing team leader, senior charge nurse Morag Leighton said: “We are a small team working on a ward for patients who are normally under 65 years of age with acquired disabilities.

“For example they have multiple sclerosis, head injuries or other injuries as a result of road traffic accidents and many have complex issues.

“There are only eight beds and so we all very quickly form close relationships not only with patients and their families, but also with other team members.”

The rapport with patients is rewarded by glowing feedback and the culture is very much patient need orientated.

Collaboration with medical staff is also excellent, smoothing the way for them to plan, monitor and modulate treatment plans because nursing feedback is quick, thorough and insightful.

The team’s nominator commented:  “For the medical staff ward rounds are a joy because doctors are given comprehensive and accurate information and any instructions are carried out timeously and thoroughly.”

Morag’s approach has echoes of a traditional ward matron, she is very much hands on: “I like to be on the ward and like to know what’s happening, I really enjoy that and that’s why I spend the majority of time working with everybody on the ward.

“We are all absolutely delighted to be getting recognition for the job that we do through the award, it’s nice to get a pat on the back.”