Hiqa Finds Serious Shortcomings At New Ross Community Hospital


Serious shortcomings have been found in a New Ross town nursing home.

HIQA has made the findings following a recent unannounced inspection of New Ross Community Hospital.

The health watchdog was forced to call senior management at the Hospital to a meeting at its headquarters in Dublin following the inspection of the facility in early June.

This was on foot of actions, which the authority required management to carry out, following an inspection in February which had largley been ignored.

The inspection report says that the hospital, which is a registered charity, did not have systems in place to safeguard residents finances in its multi bedded wards.

A deadline for the training of staff in elder abuse had also not taken place.

A failure to follow professional guidelines in relation to medication transcriptions and medications was also noted.

The hospital also did not submit to HIQA a plan to improve the lack of private space and storage space for residents.

New Ross Community Hospital is run by a voluntary Board of Directors and relies on assurances

of contributions from the HSE Department of Health and Children, private donations and the resident fees.

Meanwhile the board of management have responded saying they’re addressing all issues raised.

Chairperson of the board Frances Ryan says most of the issues raised referred to a specific incident on the day the inspection took place.

She told Alan Corcoran on South East Radio’s Morning Mix that patient care is their number one priority and always will be.

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