£200,000 refurbed dementia ward closes six weeks after reopening

The reliance on agency staff for the ward, which recently underwent a £200,000 refurbishment, was viewed as unsustainable.

Doors to Shackleton Ward

The Shackleton Ward for dementia patients at St Mary’s Hospital has closed due to a lack of staff — just six weeks after reopening following a £200,000 refurbishment.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust took the decision to temporarily close Shackleton to new admissions because it was struggling to staff the specialist ward.

Discharged or transferred
Three patients were being treated in the ward when it was closed — two have since been discharged to Isle of Wight nursing homes and one was transferred to another ward in the hospital.

Shackleton, which can treat a maximum of four patients when open, is now empty again.

Unsustainable reliance on agency staff
The ward’s reliance on agency staff, who made up as many as half of its staff at times, was viewed as unsustainable — agency staff are more expensive to recruit and do not always know the ward as well.

A spokesperson for Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:

“The safety of the people that we look after is our top priority.

“Despite concerted effort to recruit it is proving extremely challenging to permanently recruit the right number of suitably experienced staff to join the team working on Shackleton Ward.

“To make sure that we can safely look after our patients we have temporarily closed the ward to new admissions.”

£200,000 refurbishment
Shackleton Ward was previously rated inadequate and deemed ‘unfit for purpose’ by CQC inspectors and closed in April for 12 weeks.

It underwent a £200,000 refurbishment and announced it had reopened on 26th June.

CQC informed
The trust said the latest closure was their own decision but the CQC have been informed.

A CQC inspection of St Mary’s hospital was carried out in March, and the results are expected in September.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 4:18pm


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£48m, eh Bob?

I thought we were all supposed to be dancing around in celebration of how well the Tories are looking after the NHS?

There is not one single word which comes out of Johnson’s mouth which anyone should believe.

Alternative Perspective

“There is not one single word which comes out of Johnson’s mouth which anyone should believe.”

Or ‘Ward’ even.

Geoff Brodie

Something this week’s government bung – for IT and building works – won’t fix. This is the reality of an NHS ‘safe’ in Tory hands.

Jenny Smart

What a truly shocking state of affairs, a £200,000 refurbishment without no staff. What’s the point? and what’s the point of £48million for building infrastructure if you haven’t the staff.

Is our NHS in safe hands with this Government? The answer is very clear.

Our elderly hospital dependent traditional Conservative voting electorate need to be thinking very clearly where they place their X in the next General Election.

Steve Goodman
Our NHS (still rightly recognised as the best value for money model of service provision) is currently short of about 100,000 staff. We are paying extra to bring in agency staff (who include Europeans already being made less welcome, former NHS trained staff wanting less stress and/ or more pay, and poorly paid ‘outsourced’ support workers). We are paying extra to fund the profits of the consultants… Read more »
I do not believe it
A brief insight into the bullying and misspending dis-functionality at St. Mary’s Hospital. A couple of years ago a husband and wife friends of ours worked in an absolutely vital and very overstretched busy laboratory at St. Mary’s. He was the managing senior person in the laboratory. He was denied extra staffing for years to deal with the massive work load which needed staffing seven days a… Read more »

Unfortunately there are easier ways for professional people to make money these days. Similar to many UK teachers, who head off to Malaysia or Thailand not long after they qualify to earn twice as much and get treated like the professionals they are.

Ventnor Vintner
2 points to consider here. Firstly we have a national recruitment crisis in nursing, which certainly has been exacerbated by Brexit. As an Island we voted massively in favour of Brexit. We are getting the health service that we deserve. Secondly, the recruitment problems that the NHS Trust on the Island have (which are significant) are in part due to the lack of a fixed link. We… Read more »
Alternative Perspective
Absolute piffle, The lack of NHS Staff is a deliberately engineered crisis created by the Trust’s senior executives, the Chairman of which proudly proclaims himself as an entrepreneur. It is a ploy to syphoning off taxpayer £’s into the coffers of private service providers, part of the Conservatives plans to privatise our NHS and get their grubby little hands on taxpayer money. Remember, there’s huge amounts of… Read more »
Jenny Smart
There are over 100,000 vacancies right across the NHS. A fixed link is a total red herring. The IW experiences no problem at all recruiting senior staff at over 100k+ a pop, it is the lower underpaid staff it struggles to recruit. The solution is very simple, you pay these staff an ‘Island enhancement’. The downside is, if you have an adequate provision of staff, the hospital… Read more »