Respected GP Dr Dr Seamus O'Beirn has written a letter to the Áras commending the high standards of care provided by the home. In the letter to the Áras on September 24th Dr O'Beirn, who has been a GP trainer for 20 years, praised nursing staffs "excellence in nursing skills" "excellent healing outcomes" and "exemplary" standards, leading to "Extremely low infection rates".
Dr O'Beirn writes: "Nursing staff have always been well chosen, not alone for their excellence in nursing skills but also for their levels of patience, compassion and pragmatism in dealing with disability and degeneration. The hallmark of their care is their patient-centred approach and ease of rapport which facilitates understanding the resident’s individual needs and in essence providing a home away from home."
He particularly commends the Áras for its wound care: "Wound care is a specific area for which I would particulary commend nursing staff. There has never been a resident who incurred a pressure sore whilst in their care.... a truly impressive nursing feat. In the case of residents who had wounds upon admission, strict wound management protocols ensured rapid and excellent healing outcomes in all cases."
Infection control measures are also praised: "We have always been impressed with the Extremely low infection rates particularly in times of disease outbreak in the community." He continues stating: "Overall quality of nursing care has been exemplary and we have never had cause to have the slightest concern."
Dr O Beirn finishes by stating: "In summary we are extremely grateful to have a facility of this standard in our community and we feel that they deliver, excellence in patient-centred care to our patients."
Dr Seamus O'Beirn MB BCh BAO DCh Dip Obst Dip.F.P. MICGPA graduate of NUIG 1972. Seamus is the resident doctor at Spiddal Medical Centre. He worked in University College Hospital Galway and Cork prior to further training in Canada and London. He commenced practice in Spiddal in 1979. He has been a GP trainer for the past 20 years. He has also lectured in Behavioural Science and Communication Skills at NUIG . He maintains a special interest in Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Psychology.