Manx nurse shortage prompts temporary care home closure

The Gansey Unit will close for at least one month

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A nurse shortage in the Isle of Man has prompted the temporary closure of a care home for elderly, mentally ill patients in the south of the island.

The Gansey unit at Southlands Resource centre, in Port Erin, will close for at least one month on 28 August.

The decision will affect eight residents who will be moved to another specialist unit in Farmhill, Douglas.

Assistant director of adult services Cath Hayhow said: "This decision is down to safety and not finance."

She added: "The staffing levels are now critical and it is no longer safe to provide this service, we simply have no choice at the moment.

'Not ideal'

"We are advertising, we are interviewing and we are also working with agencies off-island to find suitably qualified staff."

The eight residents, all described as vulnerable, will be moved together accompanied by the members of staff they are familiar with.

"It's not ideal but we are following all the guidelines about how to deal with this situation - our standards of care are critical and the staff involved are incredible," Ms Hayhow said.

The department of social care said a recruitment campaign had begun and a decision would be made in September about the reopening of the Gansey unit.

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