Thurles’ Community Hospital of the Assumption has received a clean bill of health, in a newly published HIQA report.
A Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) inspector visited the Assumption healthcare centre on the Nenagh road on Nov 12/13th: the report was published on Dec 19th. Maria Bridgeman is the healthcare provider on behalf of the HSE, while Mairead Greene is the person in charge. Overall, the report finds that “the provider and person in charge met the requirements of the (health regulations). They promoted the safety of residents. A risk management process was in place for all areas of the centre. There was evidence of safe recruitment practices. Staff had received training and were knowledgeable about the prevention of abuse of vulnerable persons. The quality of residents’ lives was enhanced by the provision of a choice of interesting things for them to do during the day. The dining experience was pleasant, and residents were treated with respect and dignity by staff.” However, “significant improvements are required to the premises in order to comply with the Regulations and the Authority’s Standards by 1 July 2015.” The health needs of residents were met to a high standard although improvement was required to the use of restraint. The inspector singled out Ms Greene for praise. “(She) had maintained her continuous professional development. She had additional qualifications in management, clinical leadership and using a legal framework.” The report recommends that the centre upgrade its design to “meet the needs of each resident, having regard to the number and needs of the residents.” The Hospital has a plan in place to ensure compliance in this area by 2015.