Portiuncula Hospital and CHW formally launch ‘Patient Communications Passport’

Pictured, l-r, Angela Donnellan, Senior Staff Nurse, St Joseph’s Ward, PUH; Sharon Donoghue, Patient Advice Liaison Service Coordinator, PUH; Emily McElroy, Clinical Nurse Manager 2, St Joseph’s ward, PUH; Paula Noone, Assistant Director of Nursing, Dementia Quality Improvement, Saolta Group; John Brennan, Dementia Coordinator, Community Healthcare West; Paula Daly, Clinical Nurse Manager 1, St Joseph’s ward, PUH; Anita Blake, Senior Occupational Therapist, PUH; Siobhan Coen, Senior Occupational Therapist, PUH and Maura O Connell, Assistant Director of Nursing,  Medical Division, PUH.

Pictured, l-r, Angela Donnellan, Senior Staff Nurse, St Joseph’s Ward, PUH; Sharon Donoghue, Patient Advice Liaison Service Coordinator, PUH; Emily McElroy, Clinical Nurse Manager 2, St Joseph’s ward, PUH; Paula Noone, Assistant Director of Nursing, Dementia Quality Improvement, Saolta Group; John Brennan, Dementia Coordinator, Community Healthcare West; Paula Daly, Clinical Nurse Manager 1, St Joseph’s ward, PUH; Anita Blake, Senior Occupational Therapist, PUH; Siobhan Coen, Senior Occupational Therapist, PUH and Maura O Connell, Assistant Director of Nursing, Medical Division, PUH.

Portiuncula University Hospital (PUH ) and Community Healthcare West (Galway, Mayo and Roscommon ) are delighted to introduce the new ‘Getting to know what matters to me’ Communication Passport for people living with dementia.

The communications passport is a resource designed to reduce communication barriers and enhance the overall experience for people with dementia who utilise both hospital and community services. It can also be adapted to suit any individual who has difficulty communicating.

National and international research confirms that admission to an acute hospital can be distressing and disorientating for a person living with dementia and is often associated with a decline in their cognitive ability and levels of functioning.

The Dementia Quality Improvement Committee at Portiuncula University Hospital implemented the initiative in response to recommendations outlined in the Irish National Audit of Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals Report.

The aim of the passport is to assist an individual who is receiving professional care and is unable to effectively disclose information about themselves, especially if they have special requirements or preferences.

The person, along with their family or carers, are asked to record information in the communications passport that will help them communicate, such as their personal history, likes and dislikes, important people or places in their lives, and normal routines and abilities.

The passport is a valuable tool for patients transitioning from one care environment to another and meeting new people. It should travel with the person and be available for use when the person is experiencing any episode of care.

Speaking about the new Patient Communications Passport, Paula Noone, Assistant Director of Nursing, Dementia Quality Improvement, Saolta Group, said that the passport immediately indicates whether a patient has any communication difficulties.

“It will allow healthcare staff to see, at a glance, some of the critical information that they may have difficulty obtaining, as well as assist them understand how to effectively engage with the patient they are seeing.

“We want to make sure that all our patients are as comfortable as possible while in a healthcare setting and the passport is another tool to assist with that,” Paula stated.

James Keane, Hospital Manager noted that the new initiative aims to provide person-centered and compassionate integrated care, while also promoting the delivery of safer healthcare.

"Having greater supports in place like the passport, will greatly enhance the care we provide to patients who have difficulty communicating. Ensuring we have processes to assist in meeting the needs of our patients is a priority for the hospital," Mr Keane concluded.

 

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