It has come to the attention of the GHA that a post, which includes a photograph of an elderly gentleman at Mount Alvernia residential home, has been posted on Facebook.
Although the GHA does not comment on specific cases on social media, we feel that in the interests of transparency, it is important, exceptionally, to respond generally in terms of protocols followed when care plans are devised for individuals.
On occasions where an in-patient is medically discharged, and requires on-going care, GHA officials meet with authorised family members to discuss options and ascertain the most suitable environment, in the best interest of each individual patient. We would like to remind the public that SBH is an acute hospital setting and patients medically fit for discharge are either discharged to their former home environment, with packages of care where necessary, or to a residential care home.
Detailed clinical and social care assessments assist officials in determining the best way forward. Packages of care, for care at home, may be considered in cases when deemed appropriate, whereas ERS residential homes such as Mount Alvernia, John Mackintosh Home and Hillsides Residential Home are considered when residential care is necessary. All medically discharged patients, who are transferred to residential care, are done so following written consent and a further and second assessment is completed by the ERS team to determine were to assign the patient according to their specific care needs. Patients who are discharged from St Bernard’s Hospital, living with dementia, also make use of the Bella Vista Day Centre, in cases where clinicians feel they would benefit from these services.
We would urge any patients or family members to use the appropriate, established pathways to highlight any concerns. For inpatients, concerns should first be directed to the ward sister/charge nurse. Most concerns will be resolved at this stage. However, where appropriate, concerns will be escalated by the ward team to the Clinical Nurse Manager on duty.