Thursday 18 January 2018

Autism centre gave residents unlicensed medications, Hiqa report finds

Hiqa (stock image)
Hiqa (stock image)
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Residents in a centre for adults with autism continued to be given unlicensed medicines, even after inspectors ordered the practice to stop.

An inspection report on Corbally House centre, run by the Cork Association for Autism, said concerns remained about the manner in which it was run during a visit in June

The centre was threatened with a cancellation of its registration in February.

During the June inspection by Hiqa (Health Information and Quality Authority) a medicine, that had not been approved by relevant licencing bodies, was being administered by staff.

The documentation and recording of transcribed medicines  given to inspectors did not ensure accuracy.

A medication audit that considered all aspects of the medication management cycle was scheduled but had not yet been completed.

Managers said a new medication system was drawn up and would be implemented over the following months.

Fourteen Hiqa reports were published today for centres operated by the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services.

A good standard of practice was found in five centres. However, inspectors identified non-compliance in the other nine centres. The provider had previously been issued with notice of proposal to cancel and refuse registration of three of these centres.

Failings were found in areas including, safe and suitable premises; health and safety and risk management; safeguarding and safety; social care needs; and governance and management.

Inspectors who visited St Vincent’s centre in Limerick found the escape routes were not constructed in a manner capable of being maintained free from heat and smoke in the event of a fire.

It meant that the only escape for four residents was by going through another room.

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