February 2nd, 2010
The Health Minister, Edwin Poots has paid a visit to the Robinson Memorial Hospital to see first hand how the Northern Trust, local GPs and the Robinson Memorial Hospital Trust an Board work together to provide services to patients in the Ballymoney area.
During his visit the Minister spoke with in-patients to hear first hand about the care they were receiving. He also heard from Dr Shauna Fannin, Chair of the Robinson GP Committee, on how the hospital provides 25 NHS beds for the community. Patients who require less intensive management than would be provided in Causeway Hospital can receive “step up” care in the hospital -with medical care from their own GP, nursing care, and multidisciplinary support to help them recover from illness and return home. Patients who have received care in Causeway hospital or in other hospitals and who need further rehabilitation can receive “step down” care in the Robinson, again under the care of their GP. Beds are also reserved for patients who are recovering from fractures or orthopaedic surgery. The Minister was told that a very important focus of the hospital is providing palliative care for patients who are near the end of life. While patients are cared for by their own GP, they are also attended to by Macmillan Specialist Nurses and by the Palliative Care Consultant as required. The appreciation of the local community for the unique service that the Robinson Hospital provides was emphasised to the Minister by Mr David Robinson Chairman of the Robinson Board of Trustees.
The Minister took time to visit the Day Hospice and spoke to patients and staff. He also visited different departments within the hospital and spoke to Physiotherapy Head of Service Karen McMaster and her team.
Health Minister, Edwin Poots said; “I was very impressed with the range of facilities and services here at the Robinson Memorial Hospital. The Hospital provides a Child Development Centre, Community Physiotherapy Department, NI Hospice Nurse Specialists, Community Dietician and Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse. I have no doubt that this facility gives a wonderful service to the local community and I would like to thank all the staff here for their hard work and dedication.”
The visit provided the Minister with the opportunity to meet with Northern Trust staff, members of the Robinson Trust Board and local GPs.
The Minister also had the opportunity to hear from the Robinson Hospital Trust Board on their plans to explore a capital proposal to redesign the intermediate care unit ward layout to allow single bed room complement enhancing both the patient experience and also the infection control practice