The way patients on Bute are discharged from hospital into nursing home care has been highlighted as an example of good practice in nursing in the Argyll and Bute area.
The practice followed on the island sees patients being escorted from hospital to the home by staff they already know, rather than ambulance crews who may be unfamiliar, thus reducing the anxiety felt by the patient.
It’s one of several examples of good practice singled out for praise by NHS Highland’s Argyll and Bute community health partnership (CHP) to mark the annual International Nurses’ Day.
Pat Tyrrell, lead nurse for the Argyll and Bute CHP, said: “Nurses perform a critical role in ensuring that we do the best for everyone in our care at all times and when things are not right then I would encourage nurses to speak out about it.
“We must also keep the person at the centre of our care and at the centre of our concern at all times and we must have the confidence to challenge others where and when it is required.”
Other examples of good practice highlighted in the CHP area include:
Helensburgh – The district nursing team are working closely with MS patients and their family to source the appropriate specialist equipment required to improve the independence of patients.
Cowal – The nurses at Cowal Community Hospital are ensuring that they spend quality time with patients in a busy ward environment and are working together to provide a calmer, less chaotic, patient-centred environment for patients, relatives and those delivering care.
Campbeltown - The nurses have been testing a paediatric unscheduled care service, which means that if a child attends A&E and the nurses require additional professional advice, they can use a dedicated telephone number or a video link to communicate with a paediatric consultant in Glasgow.
Oban – Patients who are admitted to Lorn & Islands Hospital following a stroke can be treated by the multi-disciplinary stroke team who follow them from admission to the point of discharge and where appropriate also into the community. This benefits the patients and their families as there is one team throughout providing the care.