MORE patients treated at the minor injuries unit, increased in-patient services and more day patients are just some of the successes as Girvan’s Community Hospital celebrates its first birthday.
Opened just over one year ago, the £16 million hospital, which replaced the Davidson Hospital in Girvan, has seen an increase of 31 per cent in minor injuries patients, a three per cent increase in admissions to the Davidson Ward for in-patients and an increase of 23 per cent in day cases.
The hospital says it has provided a dedicated member of the nursing staff to the minor injuries unit from 8.30am to 5.30pm from Mondays to Fridays each week and has identified “clear patient streams” to ensure that patients receive the correct treatment.
Protocols are also in place for patients who attend that do not have a minor injury leading to inapproprioate attendances being reduced by 77 per cent.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran say the aim of the unit is to offer a local service to Girvan adn surrounding areas and reduce the number of patients going to the accident and emergency unit at Ayr Hospital and had seen 280 more patients this year than last.
There are also plans to extend the opening hours of the unit to run from 8am to 10pm from Mondays to Fridays but there has been ”no progress” at this time.
There has been a success in establishing a pre-operation assessment clinic at the hospital which nurses trained in assessment, agreement from consultants and a system in place for referral from Ayr and Crosshouse hospitals.
In-patient services have seen a three per cent increase in total admissions including a 36 per cent increase in transfers from other hospitals to allow patients to be “closer to home”.
Staff training in drug administration and blood testing has also meant a decrease in the amount of transfers at night and at weekends.
Last year 99 patients attended for a range of treatments including blood transfusion and steroid therapy at the Davidson Hospital and at the Davidson Ward in the new hospital 175 patients attended for increased range of treatments including chemotherapy.
A Quiet Room where patients can meet family members in private is also nearing completion at Girvan Community Hospital.
Girvan and District community council are planning to have an opening ceremony when the completed room can be unveiled.