The Health Service Executive claims many of the recent allegations of abuse at St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon were due to issues caused by residents with dementia.
It indicates several allegations noted by the Health Information and Quality Authority were down to residents ‘invading each other’s space’.
Yesterday, Hiqa published an inspection report on St Patrick’s in which it was noted 11 notifications of alleged, suspected or actual abuse were reported since the last inspection.
In a statement, the HSE notes that upon review, the dementia unit accounted for the majority of these alleged incidents, noting all the ward’s residents have dementia, with varying needs.
It says that many of the residents are mobile and do not have spatial awareness and are unaware when they invade each other’s space.
The executive says all these incidents were reported to Hiqa and the hospital’s safeguarding team, which supported staff in dealing with each incident.
The HSE says measures have been put in place to mitigate the risk of recurrences, while staff are receiving further training in dealing with such behaviour.
The executive also notes how Hiqa’s report says residents confirmed they felt safe, secure and well cared for in the state-run nursing home, which currently has 41 residents.
The HSE also notes the standard of cleanliness throughout the centre was excellent and significant improvements were noted in Dr. McGarry and Sheemore wards.