Nenagh community nursing unit gets top marks from Hiqa

St Conlon's Community Nursing Unit in Nenagh has come in for praise from Hiqa inspectors

St Conlon's Community Nursing Unit in Nenagh has come in for praise from Hiqa inspectors

St Conlon’s Community Nursing Unit in Nenagh has been given a clean bill of health following a Hiqa inspection last December. The inspection was a follow up to an earlier inspection last July 16, and focused on the areas where improvements were required

The report, which was released in Janaury, shows that the inspector was satisfied that issues relating to medication management, risk management, documentation relating to restraint management, fire safety and manual handling training had been addressed.

The report also notes that contracts of care were now in place for all residents and the action relating to servicing of equipment was being addressed.

However, the inspector said that improvements were still required to the building in order to meet the requirements of the Hiqa standards by 2015.

On the day of inspection the inspector was satisfied that the residents nursing and healthcare needs were being met.

The inspector observed sufficient staffing and skill mix on duty during the inspection and staff rotas confirmed these staffing levels to be the norm.

The staff demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of residents’ needs, their likes, dislikes and preferences. Staff and residents knew each other well, referring to each other by first names. Residents were observed to be relaxed and comfortable when conversing with staff.

The centre was clean and comfortable. The communal areas were appropriately furnished and the décor was pleasant. The centre was appropriately decorated for Christmas.

The collective feedback from residents was one of satisfaction with the service and care provided.

The inspector reviewed a sample of contracts and they included the services to be provided and the fees to be charged.

The designated centre is managed by a suitably qualified and experienced nurse with authority, accountability and responsibility for the provision of the service.

The person in charge is a registered nurse with the required experience in the area of nursing older people and worked full-time in the centre. The person in charge told the inspector that a CNM had not yet been appointed but that a senior nurse always deputised in the absence of the person in charge. The designated nurse was clearly identified on the staff rota.

The person in charge demonstrated good clinical knowledge.

The reported noted health and safety of residents, visitors and staff was promoted and protected.


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