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Serious concerns at Westmeath care centre fully resolved- HIQA

Apr 25, 2022 08:04 By Shannonside News
Serious concerns at Westmeath care centre fully resolved- HIQA Serious concerns at Westmeath care centre fully resolved- HIQA
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HIQA stated they would cancel the centre's license if a sufficient programme of works was not implemented.

A Westmeath care centre has been praised for it's work over the last 7 months following serious concerns being raised at the facility last year.

The St Hilda's run Teach Soaire provides overnight care and support to 4 adults with an intellectual disability and respite for others on a scheduled basis.

A sort notice inspection conducted last year found the service fully complaint in just 1 of 15 areas.

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Last October, an inspection of the facility found serious issues in several areas with HIQA issuing a notice of proposal to cancel the centre's registration.

While resident's reported being happy at the centre last year, there were ongoing risks in the areas of healthcare, behavioral support, safeguarding, infection control and premises.

Following a HIQA decision to issue a proposal of cancellation of the centre's license, the operators were given the opportunity to indicate how they were going to meet the requirements of the
regulations.

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The service providers submitted a plan of action to inspectors, with a timeline for all works needed.

Following a subsequent inspection in January of this year, the Health Information and Quality Authority found the centre to be fully complaint in all areas, with all concerns addressed and rectified.

Staff were also found to interact with residents in a kind and respectful way, with service users stating they were happy at the centre.

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