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Works underway to address HIQA concerns about Roscommon nursing home

Sep 3, 2021 17:09 By Shannonside News
Works underway to address HIQA concerns about Roscommon nursing home Works underway to address HIQA concerns about Roscommon nursing home
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A significant fire safety upgrade programme was completed in 2018, but further works were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic

 

Works are underway at a Roscommon nursing home to address serious concerns raised during a recent HIQA inspection.

The Sacred Heart Hospital & Care Home near Roscommon Town provides residential respite and rehabilitation to up to 95 people.

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The centre was found to be non-compliant or substantially compliant in 8 out of 13 regulations during an unannounced inspection in May, including staff training, fire safety concerns, infection control and premises issues.

In a statement to Shannonside FM news, HSE representatives say the hospital's location on the site of the former Roscommon Workhouse, originally constructed in the 19th century, has presented challenges in terms of meeting current fire safety standards.

According to a spokesperson from the service, a significant fire safety upgrade programme was completed in 2018, with further works delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The HSE West Estates team have developed plans to respond to the fire safety issues raised by the inspection.

In the areas of cleaning and infection control, the HSE is in the process of hiring a hygiene supervisor and hygiene team who'll receive full training in cleaning and infection control measures.

Issues around the full registration of the service have now been rectified with Sacred Heart Hospital & Care Home re-registered by HIQA until 2024.

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