Swinford District Hospital

  • Recruitment is underway for additional staff at Swinford District Hospital, which will result in the opening of up to 16 beds now closed at the facility.

    That has been confirmed today by Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the deputy has welcomed the  investment in community care district hospitals across County Mayo, but says further investment is required to alleviate pressure on Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.  

    The recent Winter Health Plan and the Budget highlighted the importance of district hospitals, he says, and they have an important role to play as we learn to live with Covid-19.  

    Belmullet District Hospital is to have work done on the Sluice Room, an upgrade of the shower facilities, in addition to an upgrade of the kitchen area in Aras Dheirbhle Community Nursing Unit which is to be carried out before the end of this year.

    While minor improvement works are to be carried out at Ballina District Hospital.

  • A new HIQA report has outlined a number of areas of improvement needed at Swinford District Hospital.

    The report was published today following an inspection of the hospital in August.

    The report notes there was an outbreak of Covid-19 in Swinford District hospital in April,. which was described by staff as "well-managed".

    However, HIQA says that a local outbreak committee had not been activated during the outbreak, and says an outbreak report was not completed by the hospital by the time of the inspection to evaluate performance in managing the outbreak - and this needs to be addressed.

    It says improvements were also required in the documentation on daily communication between the hospital and public health department.

    Overall, the HIQA report says the general environment and equipment in the areas inspected at the Swinford Hospital were clean and well-maintained, with some exceptions.

    Improvement was required in the management and oversight of daily and deep cleaning records.

    The HIQA inspection noted that  - of the 6 national standards for infection prevention and control  - Swinford District Hospital was substantially compliant with three and partially compliant with the other three standards.

    HIQA inspectors were also informed by management that recruitment of staff was an ongoing challenge, and at the time of the inspection, the hospital's capacity was reduced from 40 to 23 inpatients due to inadequate staff resources.