Daughters of Charity Service responds to Hiqa report critical of Tipperary facilities


HIQA critical of hygiene practices at Limerick hospital

The Daughters of Charity Service has responded to two reports by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) that found it to be non-compliant in a number areas.

Hiqa carried out unannounced inspections of the charity's Tipperary services earlier this summer. One report deals with a centre that caters for 31 residents, while the second report deals with two houses, one that caters for six people and the other for five.

Among the findings in relation to the larger centre, the inspector found an occasion where medicines were substituted without staff in the centre seeking clarification from the prescriber; infection control standards in one unit were not acceptable..

But, overall, the inspector found that the provider had taken a number of steps in an effort to bring the centre into compliance with the regulations.

In the smaller centre, the inspector found major non-compliance in relation to medicine management and social care needs.

This inspection was the second follow up inspection in response to notices of proposal to refuse and cancel registration of the centre that were issued by HIQA to the Daughters of Charity.

The Daughters of Charity, in a statement to the Tipperary Star, said: “At a recent inspection by Hiqa of two of our residential centres, a number of non-compliances with the regulations were noted. The most serious observations were in relation to two errors in medication administration. One of these was noted by staff at the time, who immediately took the appropriate action to rectify the situation. All staff involved have had refresher training in medication administration. In the second residential centre, Hiqa observed that the physical layout of the house was not conducive to meeting the needs of the residents. The Service has developed a plan of action to address this issue and to make necessary alterations. Management and staff of the Daughters of Charity Service are committed to ensuring that all residential centres are in full compliance with Hiqa regulations at the earliest opportunity.”

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