Upgrades mean better care

Arbroath Infirmary
Arbroath Infirmary

The next phase of refurbishment at Arbroath Infirmary has seen improvements which will ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

These improvements include a programme of service enhancements at the infirmary which are now delivering improved care to both inpatients and the community.

Further planned maintenance work to the water pipes in the Queen Mother Wing meant that many of the outpatient clinics were temporarily moved from the infirmary to Little Cairnie and Stracathro.

This work is due to be completed by the end of the month, ahead of schedule, and all outpatient clinics will be back at Arbroath Infirmary by the start of August.

Gail Smith, interim lead officer for Angus Community Health Partnership said: “As well as improvements to the fabric of the building, other service improvements have taken place which will ensure patients in Arbroath receive the best possible care.

“For example, we are working hard to meet the needs of our aging population and to help people stay in their homes for as long as possible and avoid unnecessary hospital stays.

“Our Medicine for the Elderly consultants are working between Ninewells and south Angus to ensure patients admitted to Ninewells for urgent treatment are assessed and are either transferred to Arbroath Infirmary to continue their treatment or are discharged home when they are able.

“Multi-disciplinary teams continue to work together to enhance care for dementia patients and our medication review clinics held with patients, their GP, a pharmacist and a hospital consultant have been very successful with 90 per cent of patients reporting that the meeting was useful.

“These are just a few examples of improvement work that is being carried out. We hope that these changes and improvements will benefit the local population as we strive to deliver care tailored to the needs of each individual patient.”

In June the first phase of the improvements programme was completed, with a £300,000 upgrade to the radiology room, with better radiology equipment and enhanced facilities for patients.