Infection control measures required at Roscommon Care Home

Nov 11, 2022 13:11 By Shannonside News
Infection control measures required at Roscommon Care Home Infection control measures required at Roscommon Care Home
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The inspection was carried out in August.

A number of infection prevention and control measures must be implemented at a Roscommon Care Home to ensure it meets national standards.

That's according to a report from the Health Information and Quality Authority which carried out an unannounced inspection at the Sacred Heart Hospital in August of this year.

The facility located on The Golf Links Road provides residential, respite and rehabilitation services to 95 adults, with 59 on site during the inspection.


HIQA inspectors observed a calm and relaxed atmosphere with kind and respectful interactions between staff and patients.However, the report highlights a number of actions that are required by the provider in order to fully comply with Infection control guidelines.

It states hand-wash sinks were not compliant and did not support effective hand hygiene practices while shared items such as bedpans were not clean.Infection and environment audits undertaken did not guide changes to support the safety and quality of the care provided, as deficits were not always actioned after the audits.

Inspectors also raised concerns in relation to the provision of the multi-occupancy bedrooms which impacted on the private space for residents but also posed a risk to the prevention of infection.Management say this is due to current refurbishment works on one ward and all residents who currently occupy a fourth bed in these bedrooms will be accommodated in compliant rooms on or before the 20th of November.


In response to the report, the provider says management has completed Action Plans arising from cleaning audits while Refresher hand hygiene training has also commenced throughout the centre. A number of other actions have also been undertaken to ensure facility is fully compliant.

Read the full report here

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