HIQA report critical of Thurles Hospital

On December 10th, a Health Inspector paid a one-day unnounced visit to the Hospital.

On December 10th, a Health Inspector paid a one-day unnounced visit to the Hospital.

The results of the report were published on March 4th. The inspection was the sixth inspection of the centre by the Health Information and Quality Authority( HIQA). The inspection found that the facility was in major non-compliance in two main areas; with regards to having a safe and suitable premises, and in relation to fire safety. On the day of inspection there were 57 residents living in the centre, 30 of whom were resident on a long term care basis. Records provided to inspectors indicated that 20 (66.6%) of the long term care residents were accommodated in the multi-occupancy rooms across the three units. The report found that: “Inspectors were not satisfied that the multi-occupancy rooms and the en-suite sanitary facilities were suited to the provision of long term care as they did not provide sufficient space and did not promote the privacy and dignity of residents.”

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.