Coronavirus


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.

The following details describe the actions we are taking.

Admissions

To ensure the safety of new patients and our patient community, we have a set process for new admissions

  • Patients are fully screened 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 for two weeks before they go into shared rooms
  • Patient numbers are limited, to allow for social distancing requirements to be adhered to
  • We are following the residential facilities guidelines issued by the HSE

To arrange an initial assessment or for any questions on how this will work for you, contact our Admissions Team on info@smarmorecastle.ie or by phone on 041 986 5080 (International callers call +353 41 986 5080).

Covid-19 Screening

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 on a daily basis, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used for all appropriate contact.

Infection Control

We are maintaining the highest level of infection control and sanitisation throughout the whole hospital and have implemented hand hygiene protocols 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 discharged from 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.

Online Therapy

We have launched an online therapy programme to meet the needs of individuals and families impacted by addiction. There are many options, from individual therapy to family therapy sessions, to a full online treatment programme within a framework of individual therapy, group therapy and psychoeducational lectures.

For the latest information contact our Admissions Team at info@smarmorecastle.ie or by phone on 041 986 5080 (International callers call +353 41 986 5080).

Visitors

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 info@smarmorecastle.ie or by phone at 041 986 5080.

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