HIQA Say ‘Improvements Needed’ In Protection And Management At North Clare Nursing Home

A new report has claimed ‘improvements are needed’ in the areas of protection, infection control and management at a North Clare nursing home.

The findings are contained in a HIQA report published after an inspection at St Dominic Savio Nursing Home in Liscannor.



The unannounced inspection took place at the facility on the 16th of December last year, when 28 residents were present at the premises on the day.


Inspectors say they found the nursing home to be ‘a pleasant and welcoming centre’ where residents are enjoying ‘a good quality of life’ for the most part.

However, they documented their concerns around protection, governance and management and premises, as well as infection prevention and control.

The report details how areas of improvement identified at a previous inspection in September ‘remained outstanding’.

The facility was assessed in 14 different areas in the December inspection, and was deemed non-compliant in nine of those categories.

A number of items of furniture were stated to be in ‘disrepair’ at the time of the inspection, while only three showers were available for 28 residents which ‘required review’.

In the area of infection control, the report suggested a number of hoists weren’t ‘visibly clean’, while there was ‘exposed pipe work in the dining room which was not suitably housed’.

In response, the home stated it had removed chairs and specialist cushions that required repair, while the pipe work was due to have been enclosed by the end of March and hoist cleaning to take place.

Read the full report here