West Clare Nursing Home Criticised By HIQA

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The Health Watchdog has criticised a West Clare nursing home for not keeping Garda vetting disclosures in the centre.

The criticism is contained within an inspection report of Regina House, Kilrush, whose operators quickly presented the necessary documentation to HIQA’s inspectors after the issue was discovered.

Clare FM’s James Mulhall reports


HIQA has found Regina House, Kilrush to be majorly non-compliant of regulations concerning staffing, because Garda vetting disclosures were not kept in the centre, as is required.

An urgent compliance letter was issued at the time of the inspection in September, and this was responded to on the following day, and assurances were provided that the documentation is now available in the centre.

Otherwise, with regards to staffing, no issues were highlighted with adequate staffing levels and training in place.

The overall healthcare needs of the 27 residents were met, and previous issues ha dbeen acted upon, but some improvements were sought by HIQA in respect of some rsidents who were using bed rails at the time of the inspection.

The provider says alternatives are being explored, and that they are aspiring towards a restraint free environment.