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Overdale and Plemont Ward key in “winter escalation” plans

Overdale and Plemont Ward key in “winter escalation” plans

Wednesday 09 November 2022

Overdale and Plemont Ward key in “winter escalation” plans

Wednesday 09 November 2022


More beds will be staffed at Overdale and Plemont Ward to be used in January as an “escalation ward” and will help cope with a surge of illness over the winter period, according to Health’s Director General.

The measures were two of several outlined by Caroline Landon and Health Minister Deputy Karen Wilson as they were grilled during a Scrutiny hearing this week on how the under-pressure General Hospital would manage increased winter demand.

Responding to the comments, Scrutiny panel member Deputy Barbara Ward asked whether there was “going to be a staffing issue at Overdale if we open up the additional beds” over the winter period.

Deputy Karen Wilson said that she would need to “take stock” before providing a “more detailed answer” about how the Government will “provide better care over the winter period” due to staff members “coming and going”.

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Pictured: Health Minister, Deputy Karen Wilson.

However, she sought to reassure the Panel that the Government was “committed” to carefully managing any potential clinical risks during the busy period.

Deputy Wilson also alluded to expediting patient discharges to help ease pressure.

“What I don’t want to see is patients stuck in hospital, so we’re going to have to think more considered as to whether or not we can develop different arrangements around that,” she said.

Ms Landon said that she was “working hard with the community in order to be able to transfer patients out of hospitals that no longer require acute care”, but admitted that those providing care within the community also “face the same challenges around staffing” as the Government.

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Pictured: Caroline Landon, Director General for Health and Community Services.

Mrs Landon also outlined the additional staffing challenges around the relocation of some of the services that are currently situated at Overdale, but said that the Health Minister “is working with our Director of Clinical Services to ensure that we have the flexibility around that capacity should we need it going into winter”.

The Director General explained that the main way of coping with increased demand in winter will be to open Plemont Ward at the General Hospital in January as a “winter escalation ward” which she said will “substantially help with capacity”.

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Posted by Aston Francis on
The waiting lists are longest ever with over 12 thousand patients waiting for their first appointment or an inpatient admission in September. It is a 12% increase over the same period last year while we had much worse Covid situation back then. Despite recent optimism from the clinical director the numbers are unlikely to improve over the winter. All that in a context of perhaps the highest number of well-paid health managers and directors per capita worldwide. A local hospital serving 100k population elsewhere would be considered a small one with perhaps 4-5 directors and 10-15 managers, the rest being clinically led. What we have here is an extreme incompetence covered with bullying and intimidation of those who work with patients at the front lines. A toxic working environment. Many good doctors and nurses left their jobs, many others had to go on long term leaves due to stress. The management pretends that nothing happened and tries to desperately bring in locum and bank personnel to patch the vacancies. Deputy Wilson in the text above calls the situation euphemistically as staff members “coming and going”. It must have an impact on the quality of care, the waiting lists numbers represent the tip of the HCS iceberg only. As Mascie Taylor report rightfully mentioned the fish rots from the head down. Nothing will change until the director general, the medical director and the chief nurse get asked to look for other opportunities. They carry personal responsibility for the state of healthcare in Jersey for the past few years.
Posted by Scott Mills on
Bring back Nurse Gladys Emmanuel onto the wards. She'd sort out the management in her first shift, and still have time for all the patients.
Posted by Jon Jon on
They can’t even sort out medical records ! What a mess that hospital is in.
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