A HIQA report on Kilrush District Hospital has found one instance of a major non-compliance and nine minor non-compliance issues.
The announced inspections took place on July 31 and August 1, while 35 residents were in the building. The major non compliant issue was in relation to the St Flannan’s three-bed room.
“Two of the beds were located in close proximity to one another. The inspector observed that a resident sitting in her wheelchair beside her bed was moved to the day room to allow a visitor sit beside the resident in the adjacent bed,” the report said.
“The privacy and dignity of residents was further compromised due to the clear glass panels which were located on both entrance doors to the ward. St Flannan’s three-bedded room did not meet the needs of residents and was unsuitable in design and layout. It accommodated three female residents at the time of inspection. There was inadequate space to store clothes and other personal belongings, due to its size and layout. Personal clothing and belongings for two of the residents could not be stored in the bedroom and were stored in wardrobes located in the unused St Bridget’s Ward,” it added.
The chairman of the voluntary board of directors at the hospital has told The Clare Champion that the issues highlighted in the report, which was published last week, are being addressed. Eight minor issues are completed, with the last of the work expected to be finished by Christmas.
By Peter O’Connell