SCDHB continues to help rest-home

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by Greta Yeoman

Staff at Radius Elloughton Gardens are continuing to work with the South Canterbury District Health Board, two months after the board appointed a temporary manager at the rest-home, a Radius spokesman says.

A temporary manager was appointed by the health board in December following concerns from Timaru Hospital emergency department staff over the condition of Elloughton patients arriving at the hospital, complaints from family members and friends and reports of two falls in the early hours, which resulted in fractures.

The health board appointee has been working alongside the Elloughton aged-care manager to improve staffing quality levels.

SCDHB chief executive Nigel Trainor said the temporary manager was providing weekly progress updates to the DHB.

While the three-month term is set to end midway through March, “at this stage” the health board had “no fixed view” on whether it would extend the contract, he said.

A Radius spokesman told The Courier last week that Elloughton staff were continuing to work with the health board through a variety of training and leadership programmes.

These included a nursing leadership programme, along with intensified training for the nurses in communications, cultural issues, and observation and reporting, which were “progressing”, the spokesman said.

“We thank the [South Canterbury District] health board for its ongoing assistance.”