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From TheJournal.ie Report finds staffing and Covid training issues at Louth nursing home where over 20 patients died in April Dealgan House

Report finds staffing and Covid training issues at Louth nursing home where over 20 patients died in April

A report from May – just a week after an outbreak at the nursing home – highlighted some areas of non-compliance at the centre.

From TheJournal.ie Rapid testing should be considered but it's not as accurate as the test we currently use, Hiqa says Rapid Testing

Rapid testing should be considered but it's not as accurate as the test we currently use, Hiqa says

The introduction of rapid testing could be effective in Ireland in future, but we need to see its “real-world performance” here first, Hiqa said.

From TheJournal.ie Outbreak of Covid-19 among residents and staff at Dublin nursing home Swords

Outbreak of Covid-19 among residents and staff at Dublin nursing home

Residents and staff who tested positive are now isolating.

From TheJournal.ie Health Minister contacts HSE to make clear that window visits in nursing homes are not suspended under Level 3 Level Three

Health Minister contacts HSE to make clear that window visits in nursing homes are not suspended under Level 3

Concerns had been raised that nursing homes in Dublin were suspending window visits.

From TheJournal.ie Bereaved families want answers about their loved ones' final days in nursing homes, committee is told Coronavirus

Bereaved families want answers about their loved ones' final days in nursing homes, committee is told

An expert warned that the huge issue will have implications for the grieving process.

From TheJournal.ie HIQA releases study evidence behind new change to Covid-19 self-isolation period Coronavirus

HIQA releases study evidence behind new change to Covid-19 self-isolation period

People with a confirmed case are to self-isolate for 10 days now, down from 14.

From TheJournal.ie Nursing homes regulator says its powers are 'not adequate' to handle the pandemic HIQA

Nursing homes regulator says its powers are 'not adequate' to handle the pandemic

Hiqa was criticised for its “very late” issuance of guidance to nursing homes at the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid Response today.

From TheJournal.ie Health watchdog notified of 68 'significant events' of accidental or unintended exposure to ionising radiation Scans

Health watchdog notified of 68 'significant events' of accidental or unintended exposure to ionising radiation

The majority of these events related to CT scans and involved relatively low dosses of radiation.

From TheJournal.ie HIQA: Temperature checks and screening for Covid-19 symptoms should not be carried out in schools Guidance

HIQA: Temperature checks and screening for Covid-19 symptoms should not be carried out in schools

The watchdog has reviewed how other countries are managing the virus in schools.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland's health watchdog says mass thermal screening at airports for Covid-19 is ineffective Travel

Ireland's health watchdog says mass thermal screening at airports for Covid-19 is ineffective

The review found detection rates are low due to cases that do not present with a fever and those who are infectious before showing symptoms.

From TheJournal.ie ‘It's dangerous’: How Ireland is behind the curve on home care regulation Caring For Carers

‘It's dangerous’: How Ireland is behind the curve on home care regulation Exclusive

Part three of Noteworthy’s investigation reveals no legal requirements for training or registration in carer sector.

From TheJournal.ie Half of nursing homes inspected after Covid-19 outbreaks not infection-control compliant Coronavirus

Half of nursing homes inspected after Covid-19 outbreaks not infection-control compliant

One nursing home had left bedroom doors open for residents that had tested positive for Covid-19.

From TheJournal.ie Covid-19 deaths may have been overestimated, Hiqa report finds Coronavirus

Covid-19 deaths may have been overestimated, Hiqa report finds

Leo Varadkar said the findings are “interesting but not a surprise” because of how deaths related to the virus are counted.

From TheJournal.ie Officials looking at 'creative' ways they could allow nursing home visits again Isolation

Officials looking at 'creative' ways they could allow nursing home visits again

Dr Holohan said health officials are ‘very sensitive’ to the issue and aware of the impact on the mental health of residents.

From TheJournal.ie Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April Clusters

Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April

Many complainants raised concerns about social distancing and infection control measures in homes as the virus spread.

From TheJournal.ie Children 'not significantly contributing' to spread of Covid-19 at home or in schools Coronavirus

Children 'not significantly contributing' to spread of Covid-19 at home or in schools

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published findings about the spread of coronavirus.

From TheJournal.ie Self-assessment checklist for nursing homes on Covid-19 preparations published by Hiqa Coronavirus

Self-assessment checklist for nursing homes on Covid-19 preparations published by Hiqa

On-site inspections to see how prepared nursing homes are for an outbreak will begin next week.

From TheJournal.ie Pressure on staff and infrastructure in maternity services at Irish hospitals, according to HIQA reports New Babies

Pressure on staff and infrastructure in maternity services at Irish hospitals, according to HIQA reports

The Health Information and Quality Authority identified a number of areas for improvement to ensure that maternity services remain safe.

From TheJournal.ie Report finds adult residents 'stripped naked' in front of children at Donegal care centre HIQA

Report finds adult residents 'stripped naked' in front of children at Donegal care centre

All staff who spoke with inspectors said residents and children were not safe in this centre.

From TheJournal.ie Resident at Dublin disability centre experienced 89 abusive incidents over nine-month period, report finds St John Of God

Resident at Dublin disability centre experienced 89 abusive incidents over nine-month period, report finds

St John of God Glasthule centre was found to be not compliant with 10 of the 19 regulations inspected.

From TheJournal.ie Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries HIQA

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries

The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

From TheJournal.ie Nursing home brings High Court challenge over Hiqa finding which raised fire safety concerns High Court

Nursing home brings High Court challenge over Hiqa finding which raised fire safety concerns

The challenge has been brought by JCP Powdermill Care Centre Ltd.

From TheJournal.ie Patient Safety Bill put forward by Simon Harris has been approved by Cabinet Patient Safety Bill

Patient Safety Bill put forward by Simon Harris has been approved by Cabinet

This Bill would make it mandatory for the health service provider to put forward information on incidents of patient safety.

From TheJournal.ie What happened to the HSE's proposal for its own undercover investigations in care homes? Abuse

What happened to the HSE's proposal for its own undercover investigations in care homes?

Back in 2014, then director general Tony O’Brien said it was time to look at these sorts of measures to protect vulnerable clients.

From TheJournal.ie Allocation of social workers to children in foster care 'chaotic', inspection finds

Allocation of social workers to children in foster care 'chaotic', inspection finds

At the time of the inspection, 22% of children did not have an allocated social worker.

From TheJournal.ie Emerade adrenaline pen recalled by health regulator Recall

Emerade adrenaline pen recalled by health regulator

Anyone who uses the pens are being told to return them to pharmacies.

From TheJournal.ie Life inside Ireland's disability services: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained bruising HIQA

Life inside Ireland's disability services: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained bruising

The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

From TheJournal.ie Nursing home complaints: Allegations of sexual assault and unexplained injuries Allegations

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of sexual assault and unexplained injuries

The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

From TheJournal.ie Nursing homes: Almost half of HSE-run homes are failing when it comes to Garda vetting Criminal Records

Nursing homes: Almost half of HSE-run homes are failing when it comes to Garda vetting

Health watchdog found that HSE-run care homes were breaching Garda-vetting rules.

From TheJournal.ie Watchdog finds that Tusla failed to alert gardaí to crimes against children in a timely manner HIQA Inspections

Watchdog finds that Tusla failed to alert gardaí to crimes against children in a timely manner

Neglect and sexual abuse were among the suspected crimes that Tusla was slow to report.

From TheJournal.ie Hiqa finds 'significant discrepancy' in bank account of resident at HSE-run home for people with disabilities Tipperary

Hiqa finds 'significant discrepancy' in bank account of resident at HSE-run home for people with disabilities

Hiqa inspected Damien House in Co Tipperary on 16 April.

From TheJournal.ie Four Irish hospitals failed to properly screen patients for new superbug Superbug

Four Irish hospitals failed to properly screen patients for new superbug

A new report reveals that a number of hospitals failed to properly protect patients from the CPE superbug.

From TheJournal.ie 'Time to act': HIQA report finds PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates would be cheaper and more effective Draft Report

'Time to act': HIQA report finds PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates would be cheaper and more effective

A draft report on the introduction of the programme was published today.

From TheJournal.ie More improvements needed at Stewarts Care, health watchdog finds Stewarts Care

More improvements needed at Stewarts Care, health watchdog finds

Hiqa published an overview of the inspection and monitoring activity of eight care centres.

From TheJournal.ie 'Significant concerns' over infection control at Cork hospital following two superbug outbreaks Cpe

'Significant concerns' over infection control at Cork hospital following two superbug outbreaks

HIQA inspected the facility following the outbreaks in July and October last year.

From TheJournal.ie Hiqa report suggests allegations of abuse in Dublin were 'underreported' by Tusla to gardaí Dublin South Central

Hiqa report suggests allegations of abuse in Dublin were 'underreported' by Tusla to gardaí

Hiqa’s inspectors reviewed 26 files and found that in 19 of them allegations had not been appropriately notified to gardaí by social workers.

From TheJournal.ie Children at Kildare residential centre told inspectors they 'don't always feel safe' HIQA Inspections

Children at Kildare residential centre told inspectors they 'don't always feel safe'

Some children were concerned about where they would live when they left the centre.

From TheJournal.ie Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues HIQA

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues

The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

Concerns over accommodation standards and infection control at Limerick centre for elderly

Hiqa inspected St Ita’s Community Hospital last summer.

From TheJournal.ie Man in his 80s dies from injuries sustained in Christmas Eve hospital fire Rathgar

Man in his 80s dies from injuries sustained in Christmas Eve hospital fire

The fire was contained to one room and several other patients are now being treated for injuries.

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