A nursing unity in Derry catering for dementia sufferers with challenging behavior has stopped admitting new patients following a report from a healthcare watchdog.
Admissions to the Slievemore Nursing Unit on the Glengalliagh Road were stopped following a Regulatory and Quality Improvement Agency (RQIA) inspection in January.
Fears have now been expressed for the future of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) facility following the report.
The director of primary care for older people at the WHSCT, Alan Corry Finn, said that no decision has been made on the future of the Slievemore Nursing Unit.
“The Trust can confirm that the Regulatory and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) carried out an inspection of Slievemore Nursing Unit in early January 2013 and as a result admissions to the Unit have stopped as an interim requirement from RQIA.
“The Trust has a further meeting with RQIA in early February which will look at the current model of service provision and registration requirements for the facility and where recommendations will be made as to the future of Slievemore Nursing Unit and the appropriate location of this service,” he said.
Mr Corry Finn also said patients and staff will be kept up to date of any developments. “The Trust’s has carried out a mapping of Older Peoples Mental Health Services for both inpatient and community services. This has been informed by the strategic direction laid out in the NI Dementia Strategy. RQIA’s recommendations will be included as part of this.
“No decision has been made regarding the future provision of services at Slievemore Nursing Unit and the Trust will always make sure as soon as it is possible that families, patients and staff are the first to hear of any developments in the Unit.”