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Serious concerns remain at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital after HIQA inspection – Ó Caoláin

1 October, 2015 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has commented on the publication today by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) of their reports following unannounced inspections in Beaumont Hospital, Rotunda Maternity Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said;

“I welcome these reports from HIQA. The aim of these unannounced inspections was to assess hygiene standards adherence in the hospitals as observed by the inspection team and experienced by patients at any given time. They focused specifically on observation of the day-to-day delivery of services and in particular on environment and equipment cleanliness and compliance with hand hygiene best practice.

“I welcome the fact that there have been improvements in all 3 hospitals with significant progress reported in Beaumont and Rotunda Maternity Hospital. They undoubtedly have to continue their efforts to sustain this improvement and I agree with HIQA’s finding that states that there is potential for other hospitals to learn from the approaches adopted.

“However, I am extremely concerned to learn that a number of high risks were identified in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (OLOL), Drogheda. Despite some improvements, which staff at OLOL deserve great credit for, there are serious concerns and serious risks in relation to maintenance, hand hygiene practice, hand hygiene facilities and ward infrastructure. One explanation that is given for the non-resolution of maintenance is the high bed occupancy rate and it goes without saying that poor hygiene is essentially linked with overcrowding and staff shortages. OLOL and all hospitals in the RCSI Group need to be supported to ensure better address of all of these serious issues.” 

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