HIQA inspection report raises minor concerns over Thomastown hospital

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

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HIQA inspection report raises minor concerns over Thomastown hospital

An inspection report published by heath watchdog HIQA has found that St Columba’s Hospital in Thomastown were not compliant with a number of regulations.
According to the report the premises was inspected in September and found to be non compliant with threehe premises continued to be unsuitable to the needs of residents, in particular the multi-occupancy beds.
St Columba’s Hospital provides residential accommodation to 90 older people and is run by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and is located in a rural setting in the outskirts of Thomastown. The stated primary aim of the hospital is to provide support and services to older people age over 65. The majority of residents are at maximum dependency level and the centre strives to restore and maintain residents' independence insofar as is possible.
Residents’ Feedback
The report contains the view s of the people who use the service and it found that the residents were complimentary about the care they received and felt happy and safe in the centre. Resdents spoke positively about staff and the quality of food.
Some residents spoke about their local connection to the centre and the sense of belonging within the local cimmunity. Residents expressed the importance of ther service in the context of convalescing and respite as hugely important in maintaining their independence and relieving their carers at home. Residents informed the inspector that staff treated them with respect and dignity at all times.
Out of 25 regulations contained in the report the premises was found to be compliant in 16 instances and there were six regulations which were found to be ‘substantially compliant’ where there was non compliance identified in relation to three of the regulations.
Non compliance
The inspector found that there was non compliance in three areas - personal possessions, premises and residents’ rights. In relation to personal possessions the report stated that there was a lack of space in the multi-occupancy bedrooms for residents to adequately store their clothes or personal memorabilia.
The inpection also highlighted that while each ward was generally bright and clean the premises were not adequate to meet the needs of residents and this issue had been identified on previous inspections. Finally with regard to residents’ right the report stated that the unsuitable design and layout of the multi-occupancy rooms impacted on the privacy and potentially the dignity of residents.
HIQA published 49 inspection reports on nursing homes on January 3 and inspectors found evidence of non-compliance in 20 centres.