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Improvements found at elderly care unit on Glasgow hospital campus

Inspectors have found improvements at an elderly care unit - 10 months after they highlighted major failings.

The Langlands Unit, near Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, was criticised last year over staffing issues and poor nutritional care.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) said a follow-up visit in July had shown improvements in the areas of concern previously identified.

HIS said more work was needed on care plans and patient assessment.

Claire Sweeney, interim director of Quality Assurance for HIS, said: "We revisited the Langlands unit following concerns raised at a previous inspection.

"During this inspection, we found that there have been improvements in patient care, nursing documentation and risk assessments.

"These are important developments to ensure that all patients' needs are identified and appropriate care delivered."

'Further improvement'

Ms Sweeney said inspectors were aware that an activities co-ordinator "now provides a programme of structured activities for those patients who are in hospital for a prolonged period of time patients".

She added: "We have highlighted a number of areas for further improvement.

"This includes the need for all patients to have person-centred care plans, improvements in relation to assessments and improving support for patients assessed as not having capacity to make decisions."

Margaret McGuire, nurse director at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said the health board had "put in place an action plan to address the issues identified following the previous visit" and this had been recognised by HIS.

"The inspector, in particular, identified six good areas of practice and made comments of the quality of patient care and our continued efforts for further improvements," she said.

"Our thanks have to go to the staff for all the work they have done since the last inspection and their commitment to improving care for older people especially in improving patient and carer experience through person centred care.

"We will continue to strive to achieve the highest possible standards of care and record keeping protocols."

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