'Continued improvement' at Talbot Park

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014

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Talbot Park is no longer under temporary management.

An aged-care specialist was brought into the Timaru residential care facility in January after an independent review commissioned by the South Canterbury District Health Board.

Gillian Robinson, a Christchurch-based aged residential care specialist, was appointed to the role for an initial period of three months.

Temporary management ceased on Monday.

The health board has advertised for a new facility and service manager at Talbot Park to lead and manage its staff. However, it declined to comment further on the position.

Board chief executive Nigel Trainor said the facility would continue to be closely monitored to ensure improvements continued.

"Additional staff, reduced occupancy numbers, further education and training programmes for staff, and the introduction of improved planning and evaluation of resident care, have all contributed to the progress of Talbot Park."

Mr Trainor acknowledged there was ongoing work to be done.

"I believe with the additional resources, training and procedures put in place there will be continued improvement. We would like to thank the staff for their increasing willingness to engage in the change processes and for making good progress," he said.

"I also thank Gillian Robinson for the work she has done to support Talbot Park through this process and the expertise she has shared with staff at Talbot Park."

Talbot Park is a 71-bed aged residential care facility owned by the health board. It has 42 hospital-level care beds and 29 hospital-level dementia care beds.

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- The Timaru Herald

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