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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00380: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that NHS Lothian acts to remedy issues of concern that were identified in the report by Healthcare Improvement Scotland on elderly care wards in Astley Ainslie Hospital, Ferryfield House, Findlay House and Ellens Glen.

Answered by: Shona Robison 13 June 2016

NHS Lothian has accepted all the findings and recommendations made in the NHS Lothian hospital-based complex clinical care review.

The Scottish Government introduced new guidance (DL (2015) 11) for all health boards on 28 May 2015 with objectives including:

Promoting a consistent basis for the provision of Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care.

Providing simplification and transparency;

Maintaining clinical decision making as part of a multi-disciplinary process;

Ensuring entitlement is based on the main eligibility question ‘can this individual’s care needs be properly met in any setting other than a hospital?’

Ensuring a formal record is kept of each step of the decision process.

Ensuring that patients, their families and their carers have access to relevant and understandable information (particularly if the individual does not need to be in hospital but rather an alternative setting in the community).

The use of this guidance, along with the recommendations from the NHS Lothian review will be monitored by the Scottish Government officials who meet regularly with the board to discuss performance related issues.