Thursday 19 July 2018

Nursing home run by HSE failed all but two standards in inspection

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Allison Bray

Allison Bray

An HSE-run nursing home in Drogheda has failed all but two of 11 standards during a follow-up inspection by the health watchdog.

Absenteeism, staff shortages and a reliance on agency staff were among 19 orders for improvement made by inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) during a previous inspection of The Cottage Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, on January 18.

But during an unannounced follow-up inspection to the short-term care facility on May 5, HIQA found that "further improvements were required in most of the outcomes followed up on".

Only two of the standards concerning medication management and complaints procedure were found to be compliant.

The remaining nine were deemed by the health watchdog to be moderately non-compliant.

They included issues over staffing levels and the high rate of use of restrictive patient restraints, such as bed rails, despite a policy "that promotes a restraint-free environment".

Other issues identified in the inspection report released yesterday concerned "significant gaps" in ongoing training in the areas of fire safety, elder abuse and first aid.

A spokesperson for the HSE said it accepted the findings of the HIQA report.

The HSE added: "Management has put in place a robust action plan to address the non-compliances identified in the inspection.

"Governance has been strengthened with the appointment of an assistant director of nursing to join the existing management team.

"Significant monies have been spent to address the issues identified by HIQA around privacy, dignity and safety."

Irish Independent

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