Tipperary Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes TD says that HIQA concerns have been taken on board and will be addressed in proposals currently being prepared for the new unit at St Patricks Hospital in Cashel.
He was speaking following the release of a HIQA report which raised some concerns about whether or not plans would meet the needs of long term residents. The announced inspection took place over 3 days in May and was the 7th inspection of the site by the health watchdog.
The report noted non- compliance in a number of areas including its emergency plan, smoking arrangements, staffing levels and hand hygiene. Speaking on the report, Minister of State Hayes said: “We will continue to work closely with the HSE in relation to plans for a new unit and we endeavour to ensure that everyone’s needs will be met.
But I would like to point out that HIQA were extremely positive in their review of staff at St Patricks. The report found that residents were well looked after and cared for, that staff engaged with them in a friendly, respectful and warm manner and demonstrated a thorough knowledge of their needs, likes and dislikes.”
He concluded by saying, “Proposals are being prepared and we will work closely with all relevant bodies on the issue but the main point I want people to take from this report is that St Patricks provides an excellent and vital service and is an important part of the healthcare structure in Tipperary.”