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Pitlochry Community Hospital Inpatients Ward to Reopen This Month

After being closed earlier in the year, the Inpatient Ward at the Pitlochry Community Hospital will be reopening with four of the nine beds on the 20th June.

In early January the decision was made by the Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership to temporarily close the ward, due to long-standing staffing and recruitment difficulties, which alongside the impact of Covid-19 on the availability of staff caused a critical staffing issue for the ward.

Speaking about the decision to open up the ward, Jacquie Pepper, the Chief Officer for Perth & Kinross HSCP, said, “We are delighted to see the GP inpatient ward at Pitlochry Community Hospital reopening.

“Patient safety is always our priority and the difficult decision to temporarily close the ward was needed as we were unable to staff the ward with the number of nurses to ensure the safe delivery of patient care. 

“Thanks to the hard work of our teams, we have now been able to recruit nurses to vacancies in the ward and patients will be welcomed back on a phased basis. 

“Four inpatient beds will be open this month, with the remaining five beds due to open in the autumn.

“All of the staff at Pitlochry Community Hospital are incredibly dedicated to patient care and I would like to thank them all. I am sure they will all be looking forward to welcoming patients back to the inpatient ward.”

Th decision has been made following a successful recruitment campaign which has seen six nurses appointed on both full time and part time posts, with staff who had be redeployed to other hospitals and services during the wards closure, being recalled.

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