HIQA has found that urgent action is required to address fire safety risks at a Co Roscommon care centre.

Following an unannounced inspection in December, the State’s health watchdog said governance and management systems at St Eithne’s Rest Care Centre in Tulsk required “review and significant improvement” to ensure the service provided was safe.

The 10-bed residential centre accommodates elderly members of the local community with low and medium dependency needs. The inspection was carried out to determine what progress had been achieved in addressing issues following a previous inspection in September.

The September inspection found the centre needed to strengthen its governance and management structures; to take action to reduce and manage the risk of fire, and to limit its number of residents to a level that could be cared for safely.

During the December inspection, Hiqa found the centre had not taken the necessary action to mitigate risks and had failed to improve regulatory compliance.


Inspectors were not assured there was sufficient staff with an appropriate skill-mix available to effectively meet the needs of residents. They also observed that residents were sitting in the sittingroom for most of the day unsupervised.

They called for a complete staffing review to ensure that a safe standard of care was delivered.

HIQA said actions to address fire safety remained outstanding.

Inspectors also said some residents had high dependency needs, which the centre was not structured or resourced to safely care for.

The report said not all staff had up to date training in fire safety, moving and handling, inection control and prevention, or food hygiene education.

It also said not all residents had access to the type of bed they required, and the bed linen was threadbare and needed replacing.


Management at St Eithne’s in Tulsk said steps have since been taken to address the concerns outlined by Hiqa.

The inspection report was one of 48 on residential centres for older people published by Hiqa yesterday.





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