Saturday 20 January 2018

HSE left residents of disability centre at risk - watchdog

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Serious risks to residents with intellectual disabilities were found in a centre which was taken over by the HSE from the Order of the Sisters of Charity, Hiqa inspectors revealed.

The watchdog carried out an inspection of St Vincent's Centre in Cork city, which is home to 39 women.

Hiqa cancelled its registration in March and care transferred from the order to the HSE.

But when it inspected the centre in late April, under the management of the HSE, it found gaps in internal fire doors which would allow smoke to spread through the building.

It was informed there had been a fire in the smoking room which led to the fire brigade being called.

However, the location and use of the smoking room where it broke out remained unchanged.

The inspectors also found failings in the care of residents who suffered from dementia.

The report said there was an absence of comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment of needs and this was a particular problem for residents with complex needs.

A resident's discharge was supported by an external contractor but there was a lack of clarity about garda vetting of the staff involved or their training. The issues were escalated to the chief inspector of Hiqa and a meeting was convened with the HSE.

Irish Independent

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