Nursing home branded a fire hazard
Published 08/04/2010 | 05:00
A PUBLIC nursing home with 41 elderly residents and 20 duty staff has been branded a fire hazard.
Dungloe Community Hospital in Co Donegal failed to provide the necessary levels of safety to protect residents and staff, an inspectors' report warned.
Safety concerns at the nursing home, which is run by the Health Service Executive (HSE), included doors which failed to form a complete seal when closed.
"The fire doors did not form a complete seal when closed which is needed to stop the spread of fire, the doors were not linked to the alarm system and inspectors were told that staff would have to manually close them in the event of fire," the report said.
The newly published report followed the first independent inspection of the home by inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority last October.
HSE-run homes have only been independently inspected since July. Previously. only private nursing homes had their care and facilities examined.
The report noted a high standard of medical, nursing and other healthcare needs.
But it also found that conditions were so cramped that residents had to live in communal "ward-like" rooms.
They were unable to see visitors in private and these arrangements were not appropriate for the provision of people in long-term care.
On the plus side, the residents described the centre as "homely", staff had an interest and commitment to their care and they were able to get up and go to bed when they chose.
In reply to an action plan set out by the inspectors, the HSE said the fire doors would be replaced this month and that it was committed to providing private facilities for residents to meet with visitors.