Updated: 16 March 2021
Covid-19: Information on Measures Taken at Smarmore Castle
At Smarmore Castle we provide compassionate care and a clinically-proven treatment programme for people suffering from addictions. Our priority is always to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff.
Even though numbers are reducing, the staff at Smarmore Castle remain vigilant ensuring enhanced approaches to safety measures for staff and patients. We are aware that nationally Ireland is still operating at Level 5 Lockdown and this signifies the seriousness of the situation.
However we are positive that with the vaccination roll-out for staff we will soon be able to reassess our procedures in line with government guidance. We are undertaking an infection prevention review and audit and leads will discuss any findings or improvements required as they come up.
It is important to remember that even though progress is being made this is not the time to relax basic infection prevention measures such as masks, social distancing and good ventilation.
To ensure the safety of new patients and our patient community, we have a set process for new admissions
- Patients are fully screened and Covid-19 tested prior to admission
- There is an enhanced IPC process on the day of admission
- To ensure appropriate levels of isolation, new admissions stay in a private room with ensuite bathroom facilities and room service until the appropriate period of isolation has been completed
- Patient numbers are limited, to allow for social distancing requirements to be adhered to
- We take guidance from the relevant available guidelines issued by the HSE and the NHS, and also the Department of Health, and are in regular contact with public health
To arrange an initial assessment or for any questions on how this will work for you, contact our Admissions Team on email@example.com or by phone on 041 986 5080 (International callers call +353 41 986 5080).
Increased screening for new patients takes place both before admission, during admission and during the first week of treatment in isolation. All patients and staff are screened twice daily, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used for all appropriate contact.
We are maintaining the highest level of infection control and sanitisation throughout the whole hospital and have implemented hand hygiene protocols and increased cleaning schedules in accordance with guidelines issued by HSE Public Health. Sanitisation stations are located in numerous locations throughout the hospital and social distancing is actively monitored, with all key rooms throughout the hospital having been assessed for maximum numbers of people.
Online Meetings and Programmes
Smarmore Castle has run teletherapy for several years, supporting patients once leave treatment. Any former patient who is finding the current challenges difficult should contact us if they would like to know more about this.
Patients with a therapist who is self-isolating at home are able to have ‘face-to-face’ sessions over Zoom. The feedback we have received on this has been very positive.
We have moved in-person attendance at AA and NA recovery meetings online, which again has received very positive feedback. Aftercare Groups and family therapy have been moved onto Zoom.
Our staff operate in a bubble system which is working well. When staff meet they must remain socially distanced where possible and use face coverings.
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.
Increased Patient Communications
Patients are receiving regular communications from staff through community meetings, special noticeboards and meetings with their Focal Therapist. Family members and Friends of Smarmore can keep up to date on the latest developments on our website and through social media or by calling us on 041 986 5080. This web page is regularly updated.
Our Commitment to Patients, their Families and our Staff
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 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.
Ongoing Monitoring of the Situation
We are monitoring all developments on the Coronavirus front, news and recommendations from the HSE Public Health Office, the Government and Chief Medical Officer and the WHO to ensure that current best-practices keep our patients and staff healthy and safe. This is a dynamic 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/.
For more information on any of the above please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 041 986 5080.