It has been confirmed that one floor of the troubled Solent Grange nursing home will be accommodated by a total of 13 beds for patients who no longer need to be in an acute hospital, but could move to alternative accommodation to complete their inpatient stay.
Whilst at the Unit, to be known as the ‘Poppy Unit’, the final co-ordination of patient’s discharge arrangements will be made. For some the discharge may be to your nursing or residential care home. It is expected that individuals transferred from St Mary’s will only spend up to five days at Poppy Unit whilst longer term arrangements are made for them.
The opening of the unit comes following a cash injection of £2.4million to support the Island’s NHS through the winter and at a time when there is extreme pressure on the Island’s only hospital and beds are at a premium.
Solent Grange Nursing Home, situated on the cross over between Staplers Road and Whiterails Road, has seen enforcement action taken by the Care Quality Commission for its poor care standards, however the Island’s NHS Trust say the Unit will will be managed and staffed by the Trust and will have a separate Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration from Solent Grange.
Nikki Turner, Associate Director for Community and Mental Health Services at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:
“This new Unit is for when a patient is ready to leave an acute hospital bed and they no longer need active treatment provided by a hospital consultant. Our hope is that this new temporary facility will help ease the pressure on St. Mary’s but more importantly provide a good quality experience and environment for patients who, for a short period of time, need to be placed somewhere whilst longer term arrangements, for example a package of care, is put in place.”
Charge Nurse Stuart Elliot, who the Trust has appointed to lead Poppy Unit, said:
“This is an exciting opportunity for me and the team we are putting in place to run Poppy Unit. The same quality standards, policies and procedures that apply to other Trust services and facilities will be followed at Poppy Unit. We’re looking forward to providing a quality experience for everyone every time.”