Hiqa wants improvements at Sligo hospital

The health watchdog is calling for improvements in medication safety at Sligo University Hospital.

The Health Information and Quality Authority has carried out its first-ever medical safety check at seven acute hospitals countrywide, including the one in the northwest.


While the report on Sligo University Hospital was largely positive, some areas for improvement in relation to medication safety were found.

Hiqa says medication-related incidents were likely to be significantly under-reported at the hospital, which could lead to a lack of understanding about their exact causes.

It claims the hospital needs to improve rates of medication-related incident and near-miss reporting by medical, nursing and pharmacy staff.

Hiqa says that governance in this regard needs to be strengthened.

The watchdog also identified resources issues at the hospital, which impacted on the ability of pharmacists to maintain pharmacy services at ward level.

A number of positive findings were also noted, with Hiqa saying it’s evident medication safety is being actively progressed at the hospital.

The Saolta University Healthcare Group, which manages Sligo hospital, hasn’t yet responded to requests for comment on the report.