Nursing home a serious risk to its residents, say inspectors
Published 21/06/2011 | 05:00
Health inspectors who want to cancel a nursing home's registration yesterday told a court that there are "serious concerns" about the health and welfare of residents living there.
Problems highlighted by inspectors included a total of 19 falls by residents over a six-week period at Creevelea House Nursing Home in Co Meath.
Drogheda District Court was also told that inspectors found the heating was not working properly, putting some residents at risk of hypothermia, and the only fresh food found in the premises by inspectors was one bag of potatoes and a turnip.
In addition, the home had been broken into three times, the premises was found to be "not clean" and there were "serious concerns" about the health and welfare of residents.
The evidence was given by an inspector with the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) during an application relating to Creevelea House Ltd, which is the registered operator of Creevelea House Nursing Home in Co Meath.
Peter Murphy, the registered provider of the home, opposed the application to cancel the registration.
HIQA says it has "serious concerns" about the lack of governance, clinical management, lack of staff training and the lack of any person in charge as required by regulation.
HIQA inspector Nuala Rafferty said the first inspection took place in March last year after a relative of a resident raised concerns about his care.
Ms Rafferty said that inspectors found "nobody running" the home and "nobody overseeing the management of residents". She said Mr Murphy, director of Creevelea House Ltd, lived in Limerick and there was no emergency plan in place.
A staff nurse who worked 24 hours a week was the person other staff contacted if there was a problem, even if she was not working, the court heard.
HIQA inspectors issued Mr Murphy with an emergency action plan but she said he did not seem to be aware of the level of concerns they had. He felt the inspectors were creating problems for him and he felt bullied and intimidated.
In April, in court, Mr Murphy agreed to comply with a number of HIQA demands but yesterday the authority said while there have been some improvements, that it still believed there was a "serious risk" to the remaining nine residents.
The hearing will continue in two weeks.