Several 'Weber Report' recommendations implemented at Restigouche Hospital Centre

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The Vitalite Health Network has made several changes at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton in an effort to improve patient care and safety.

Network President & CEO Gilles Lanteigne says a scorecard is now in place to regularly monitor 16 results indicators and measurements, and that all nursing units have implemented safety huddles and are in the process of training additional staff to become Omega trainers.

Nurses choosing to work at the centre will receive a five per-cent premium aimed at recruitment and retention and Lanteigne says work is ongoing with the Department of Health on a plan for replacement psychiatrists.

The centre has also joined the Mental Health and Addictions Quality Initiative which will allow the facility to be measured against national standards and best practices.

The recommendations are included in the 'Weber report'.

It was released following a scathing report from the province's ombud which said patients at the facility were suffering negligence, abuse, and unacceptable treatment, and that the facility was chronically understaffed and failed to provide adequate care.