The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland’s recent report on the Kingsway Care Centre psychiatry of old age facility in Dundee praises patient care.
Following the visit in April by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, inspectors reported positively on patient care and the ward environments at Kingsway Care Centre, noting one recommendation for action.
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland’s key role is to protect and promote the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.
The services for old age psychiatry are hosted by Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership. During their unannounced visit to Kingsway Care Centre the inspectors spent time speaking with members of staff, patients and family members.
Councillor Ken Lynn, Chair of the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board, said “I welcome the publication of the Mental Welfare Commission’s report and note the positive comments regarding the standard of care delivered by Kingsway Care Centre staff and I am pleased to note the many areas of good practice identified by the reviewers.
“I acknowledge the recommendation included in the report and we have already begun our actions to address this issue.”
During the Commission’s visit inspectors noted the calm and quiet environment at the centre and that all patients had their own rooms with access to a communal space where a range of activities took place as well as having access to gardens. The staff were described by patients as caring, considerate and helpful, and the feedback from relatives was that the staff provided good communications and cared for their patients.
The inspectors also praised the patient care plans in each of the four wards concluding that they were of a good standard and that the information in the individual care plans was comprehensive and person-centred.
The report also highlighted the many activities that are offered to the patients which contribute to the patients’ overall wellbeing. There were opportunities for one-to-one activities as well as group activities which were arranged by dedicated activity workers on the wards and also by occupational therapy and physiotherapy staff assisted by ward-based staff.
The reviewers were impressed by the emphasis on the continued staff training and practice development during their visit, highlighting the positive links between senior charge nurses and the practice development nurse. The report concludes that patients in all wards at Kingsway Care Centre were well cared for and content.
There was one recommendation included in the report, relating to the provision of bedrooms on each ward to have rooms that facilitate patient observation without the need for staff to enter the patient’s room.
Kingsway Care Centre is an old age psychiatry facility in Dundee and has four wards. Ward 1 has 15 beds and is an admission and assessment ward for female patients with dementia, Ward 2 has 12 beds and is a male patient dementia assessment ward, Ward 3 has 14 beds and is a specialist dementia care ward for male and female. Ward 4 has 14 beds providing admission and assessment ward for male and female patients with a functional illness.