Make Best Use of Laura Jordan Hospital

Having invested in the Laura Jordan facility and assuming capacity is not required and events unlikely for sometime can we not make better use of it? Examples: Centralise non ICU covid 19 so PPE and NHS staff available, freeing up return to normal attandence in hospitals? Or Move all care home covid 19 patients to improve health care available in homes? Etc I understand this was needed as a contingency but it feels as if it is a bit of a waste that it's not being used.

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We have invested and equipped it, surely we can make better utilisation ?

by Sevclem on May 05, 2020 at 08:16PM

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  • Posted by Campbellg9 May 05, 2020 at 20:22

    I have put forward the same idea. We need to implement some sort of health care for care homes.
  • Posted by murrayme8 May 05, 2020 at 23:52

    Use this hospital for people that need chemotherapy and other treatments why not use it and get the people back on the treat meant needed
  • Posted by Rosemary May 07, 2020 at 22:00

    Contingency plan sounds good right now. 👌 with me as it stands. We don’t have foresight only hindsight
  • Posted by Rosemary May 07, 2020 at 22:02

    Contingency plan sounds good right now. 👌 all ok with me as it stands. We don’t have foresight only hindsight
  • Posted by rayneri May 08, 2020 at 22:11

    I also had the idea to use this facility to move affected care home residents to safeguard those not yet affected. Use the time to deep clean the care homes, get the staff tested and put more secure procedures in place and as and when the patients hopefully recover, retest them before they return. I fully understand how upsetting this would be for the residents but it will be traumatic to be left in a care home to die. At least moving to a hospital facility early on it would concentrate the infection in the best place and give the residents a better chance of survival. If the above is not a feasible option then the facility should definitely be used for elective surgery all the while it is not needed for Covid19. Hope it never needs to be used for coronavirus but I'm very glad we have the facility in case it is ever needed.
  • Posted by JMack May 11, 2020 at 14:02

    It is possible that the Louisa Jordan Hospital could play a role in early treatment and surveillance of Covid-19 patients as outlined in my earlier suggestion: "The Benefits of Early Health Interventions for Suspected Covid-19 Cases" As Covid-19 testing capability builds in Scotland, the opportunity to take a more proactive, early intervention approach to the illness opens up. As our understanding of the virus grows, it seems clear that through “silent hypoxia” and hidden damage to vital organs, many Covid patients are, in fact, very ill by the time they call 111 and are subsequently admitted to hospital, putting intense pressure on high-intensity medical services up to and including intensive care. I suggest that the Government and NHS in Scotland now gives active consideration to much earlier and closer medical intervention along the lines of the process that has operated in Germany. The following illustrative quote is from the Byline Times, 4th April: “Another reason why Germany has managed to limit the mortality rates is because of huge coordinated community engagement and outreach programme that helps to limit the spread of the disease within the cases of early mild and moderate symptoms. Germany set up a programme of ‘corona taxis’ – where doctors outfitted in protective gear, travel around their local communities to check on patients who are at home, a week into being sick with the coronavirus. They take a blood test from the patient, looking for signs that the patient is about to go into symptom decline. They then often suggest early hospitalisation, or offer medication to patients who have mild or moderate symptoms; therefore increasing the likelihood of minimising patient deterioration in the earlier stages of symptoms and improving the chances of surviving before any rapid infection decline by being in a hospital when symptoms begin.” Why the contribution is important 1. The suggestion may be a significant contribution to saving lives. 2. There may be improved health outcomes in terms of chronic health conditions arising from the virus. This is clearly good for the people affected, and good for the best use of NHS resources in the longer term. 3. Once more people are back at work, enabling Covid sufferers to return to good health more quickly, and with less chronic secondary illness, will have beneficial effects for the Scottish economy.
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