Vale Community Hospital set for bigger, brighter future
DURSLEY'S hospital is looking to boost staff numbers to help it improve patient care after recent complaints.
Vale Community Hospital was built as part of the Littlecombe site on Lister Road in 2011 and provides 24-hour nursing care with 20 in patient beds, supported by local GPs as well as containing a minor injuries unit, a range of out patient clinics, x-ray facilities and specialist dental services.
On average the £9million facility looks after 1,340 patients a month but the Gazette has recently reported patients' complaints of alleged neglect.
The paper was invited on a tour of the facilities on Friday, July 5 to show the staff’s commitment to improve and provide the best possible care.
Throughout the building, which employs 67 staff, the rooms are spacious, bright and decorated with pastel colours, providing a calming effect and everything from beds to the colourful, local artwork on the walls is designed to minimise the risk of infection.
The rooms for patients staying longer than a few hours are all singles to allow for more privacy and again minimise infection risk, each with their own shower and TV.
The hospital also includes a large physiotherapy section, which has benefited from new equipment thanks to fundraising from the hospital’s volunteer League of Friends group.
Locality manager for Stroud and Gloucester Rosi Sheperd said a key part of their endeavour to improve would be to fill a shortage in staff numbers.
"We are aware that the needs of our patients are changing and so we are currently recruiting additional nursing staff to ensure that we are able to continue to provide high levels of care to our patients," she said.
"We always strive to provide a good service to local people and part of this is making sure that we have the right number of staff on duty who have the skills they need to provide high quality care to our patients."
Employees are also being encouraged to undertake various training schemes to ensure the team has a full mix of skills.
In addition, matron Carol Grimsdale said the hospital was aiming to ensure out patients, often those who arrive with only minor injuries, are dealt with within two hours - half the NHS national target.
The matron said they were always developing and had improved in recent months.
"By investing in our staff and our facilities, we are making sure that our community services will continue to improve and develop," she said.
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