Monday 15 July 2019

Beds in Cottage hospital are closed due to lack of demand


Fiona Magennis

More than one third of the beds at the Cottage Hospital were temporarily closed in April because there was little demand and a shortage of staff, it has been revealed.

A HIQA inspection was carried out at the hospital on April 4th this year and the inspector was informed that nine of the 23 beds were temporarily closed due to a lack of demand from the local acute hospital and a lack of appropriate staffing.

The 23 bedsare spread over two floors, with 14 beds on the first floor and nine on the ground floor.

The 14 beds on the first floor were open, 13 of which were occupied on the day of the inspection.

In the HIQA report, published on May 30th, the hospital was found to be compliant in all aspects of the inspection with all non-compliance’s identified on the last inspection addressed in full. The inspector noted that additional funding had been secured to enhance the living environment for residents and said the centre was well resourced.

Staffing levels were appropriate to meet the needs of residents and an extra member of staff was rostered on when the dependency levels of residents increased.

The Cottage Hospital provides short stay accommodation to frail elderly residents, providing a maximum stay of 30 days.

The centre assists residents who have completed the acute phase of an illness to rehabilitate and access an enhanced community package of supports in order to assist them in their discharge home.

The report noted that residents in the centre were well cared for, and the quality and safety of care provided was to a high standard. The premises was ‘homely, clean, tidy and well maintained’.

‘Improvements had been made to the premises since the last inspection these changes had a positive impact on residents,’ the inspector said. The inspection also found that the allied health care team were actively involved in rehabilitating residents to ensure they were ready to be discharged home within 30 days of their admission to the centre.

Drogheda Independent