Better care for OAPs, Vic bosses are told

Victoria Hospital
Victoria Hospital

More improvements are needed in elderly care at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital according to inspectors.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) published its report this week on an unannounced inspection visit at the hopital in December.

The report said that while some improvements in the standards of care for older people have been made since the last inspection in May 2013 there are still several areas where urgent improvements are needed.

Jacqui Macrae, head of quality care, said among the improvements were how the hospital manages the movement of patients and positive, caring and friendly interactions between staff and patients were seen.

She added: “However we identified several areas where NHS Fife must improve the care provided to older people.”

Among them were an inconsistent approach to the completion of patient documentation; cognitive impairment screening was not routinely carried out for patients over 65 and meal times were poorly organised.

Heather Knox, NHS Fife’s director of acute services, said: “A number of issues have been raised in the report which NHS Fife is actively addressing through an improvement action plan including the standard of documentation in a number of areas, the organisation of meal times, the accurate recording of patients’ fluid and food intake, and pressure area risk management.”