Covid-19: Information on Measures Taken at Smarmore Castle
At Smarmore Castle we are committed to providing compassionate care and a clinically proven treatment programme for people suffering from addictions. We want to assure you that our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff.
In light of rapidly changing events and guidance we are taking the following action:
Before an admission is arranged we are asking screening questions around symptoms of coronavirus and contact with individuals who display symptoms. We take temperatures of anyone entering the clinic. We will not admit patients displaying symptoms of Covid-19.
We are maintaining the highest level of infection control and sanitisation throughout the whole hospital and all buildings. We have implemented hand hygiene protocols in accordance with guidelines issued by Public Health and made sanitation materials readily available.
Online Meetings and Programmes
We are rolling-out virtual attendance at recovery meetings. Aftercare Groups will be moved onto a digital platform, and Step 5 listening has been suspended.
Visits from family members and visitors are not permitted unless in exceptional circumstances and after screening.
Patients will be able to connect with family and friends through phone and online.
Staff have been given guidance around extra hygiene measures And social distancing.
All clinic travel must now be approved by the Manager.
Increased Patient Communications
Patients will receive regular communications from staff through community meetings, special noticeboards and with their Unit Lead Therapists.
Ongoing Monitoring of the Situation Through the Most Reliable Channels
We are monitoring all developments on the Coronavirus front, news and recommendations from HSE, the Government and the WHO to ensure that current best-practices keep our patients and staff healthy and safe. This is an unprecedented and changing situation so we will continue to monitor updates to the situation and will respond accordingly.
As a medical establishment, our patients’ treatment and safety remain our primary concern. We are taking these steps in a careful and thoughtful manner to ensure that our patients can continue to receive the highest level of care in the safest possible environment and to ensure staff safety. We thank our patients, their families and our referral network for the trust placed in us at this time and we are confident that we have the clinical and managerial expertise as well as top facilities available to us on our estate, to face the challenges presented at this time.
For more information about coronavirus visit the HSE coronavirus page at https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ or read the latest government advice https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/.