Health bosses at NHS Ayrshire and Arran have clarified this week that over 20 staff at the Girvan Community Hospital have undertaken a dementia training course.
The response comes after the Gazette was again contacted by a source who had alleged earlier this month that there was a staffing crisis at the hospital which is on the outskirts of the town.
The same source had read a response in the Carrick Gazette of April 8 in which Tim Eltringham, South Ayrshire’s director of Health and Social Care partnership highlighted the staff at Girvan Hospital had undergone training in dealing with patients with dementia.
However, the source said they had spoken to staff at the hospital and told the Gazette that none of them knew anything about dementia training.
In response Tim Eltringham said: “From 2010 until 2015, 23 members of nursing staff based at Girvan Community Hospital participated in a dementia training course.
“We also have three members of staff based at Girvan Community Hospital who are ‘Dementia Champions’ who undertook their further education at the University of Stirling.
“The ‘Dementia Champions’ is a national programme of further learning delivered on behalf of NHS National Education for Scotland/ Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
“‘Dementia Champions’ help to improve the care, treatment and outcomes of patients with dementia; and their families and their carers in our hospitals. ‘
“Dementia Champions’ also go on to share their specialist learning with their colleagues to enable them to have a better understanding of dementia and to help them care for their patients in a sensitive and appropriate way that meets the needs of each individual patient.”