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October 2023
Dublin care home that only let residents shower on set days amongst 19 HIQA found non-compliant
An inspector who visited the clinic announced found residents sat in rows in front of a TV that was switched off, as several complained that not enough activities were planned for them.
Donnelly orders statutory review into use of unlicensed springs in surgeries at Temple Street
The health watchdog will also review oversight processes and governance within Children’s Health Ireland on the use of surgical implants.
This year
Hiqa keeping close eye on disability service as two ex-staff win WRC cases against management
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
Concerns have been raised by residents and union officials over a centre run by Cheshire Ireland in Waterford.
HIQA praises EDs in Beaumont Hospital and University Hospital Waterford after recent inspections
Both hospitals were deemed to have ‘effective operational measures’ in place to reduce overcrowding in the Emergency Departments.
Children’s services across Louth-Meath deemed ‘non-compliant’ in four of six assessed standards
HIQA inspectors were told that the ‘chronic’ staff shortages in relation to team leaders had an impact on the frequency and quality of case supervision.
Hiqa review says 'clear treatment pathway for Long Covid remains unknown'
No definitively effective treatments for the condition were identified in the review.
Children who alleged inappropriate contact and assault left months on waiting list, Hiqa says
Hiqa carried out a risk-based assessment of Tusla child protection and welfare services in the west of the country in April 2023.
HIQA report says ED overcrowding at University Hospital Galway ‘compromises privacy and dignity’
HIQA reports also criticised overcrowding issues in St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, and in Wexford General Hospital.
Chickenpox vaccine for children moves a step closer as Hiqa says it's 'safe and cost effective'
The Department of Health had requested that Hiqa conduct an assessment of adding the vaccine to the programme.
72 patients on trolleys and chairs during February Hiqa check at University Hospital Limerick
The watchdog found the hospital had improved since a previous inspection
Chickenpox vaccine could be added to childhood immunisation schedule following consultation
It is estimated that there are currently over 55,000 cases of chickenpox every year in Ireland.
Hiqa to begin inspections of Direct Provision centres this year after campaign by rights groups
Inspections are currently carried out by an independent company QTS Ltd.
Dossier of concerns about treatment of service users of Mayo charity sent to health watchdog
The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) said it has received ‘information of concern’ regarding Western Care.
A file compiled by Sinn Féin TD Rose Conway-Walsh contains claims that staff have witnessed 'verbal and emotional abuse' of vulnerable service users.
The concerns focus on a section of Western Care called Individualised Services - which supports more than 50 service users in their own accommodation.
A report commissioned by the charity in 2020 found that the service was in 'significant crisis' with staff and management at risk of burnout.
HSE advised to screen newborns for rare, life threatening condition by HIQA
HIQA has found that screening for the condition could reduce mortality rates
Last year
HIQA: 'Not uncommon' for patients in EDs to wait 80 to 90 hours for an inpatient bed
Mayo University Hospital was so overcrowded that inspectors said patients were exposed to infection control risks.
Non-compliance found with ionising radiation policies at a number of hospitals
The watchdog’s latest inspection reports were published today.
‘Significant deterioration’ in compliance levels in disability centres
Information provided to Hiqa revealed there was a marked difference in overall levels of compliance.
Child in foster care not visited by social workers for more than three years
Seven cases were escalated to managers during an inspection.
HIQA report finds "inconsistencies in many services" for children
Lengthy delays and a lack of resources were the main issues noted.
Patient care in University Hospital Limerick ED compromised due to overcrowding
A HIQA inspection has found that the health and welfare of people receiving care in the department was at risk.
Vaccination had 'significant impact' at decreasing Covid-19 cases in nursing homes
Vaccination was a major factor determining outbreaks, as well as whether a home had suffered an outbreak in the past.
'Old age matters': TD calls for public inquiry into nursing home deaths during Covid
Many people who died in nursing homes were not properly looked after, TD Fergus O’Dowd told the Dáil.
All time
Hiqa: Wave of Omicron infection will 'likely result in increased hospitalisations and deaths'
The health watchdog today published summaries of the evidence on the transmissibility and virulence of the variant and its capacity for immune escape.
Nurses 'at their wits’ end': Call for investigation of overcrowding at Limerick hospital
There is a total of 428 people on trolleys across the country today, with 70 of them in University Hospital Limerick.
Further improvements needed in gynaecology services at Letterkenny hospital, Hiqa finds
Concerns about gynaecology services at Letterkenny University Hospital were first raised in 2018.
Increase in number of patients accidentally exposed to ionising radiation in hospitals
The most common error reported to Hiqa in 2020 involved exposure to the wrong person.
Nursing home worker found smoking beside ‘large oxygen cylinders’ by inspector
An HIQA report at a Limerick nursing home said the incident showed the staff member was ‘not aware of the combustible nature of oxygen’.
Long-standing problems hindered hospitals' efforts to cope with Covid-19, HIQA report finds
The pandemic “further exposed” many of the long-standing issues within Ireland’s healthcare system.
People born between 1965 and 1985 should be tested for Hepatitis C, Hiqa recommends
In Ireland, the prevalence of HCV infection is highest amongst those born during this period.
HSE takes over Wexford disability centre as 'last resort' amid concerns for residents
“A strong and offensive odour of cat waste made it difficult for inspectors to stand in the bedroom area,” an inspection report noted.
'Insufficient evidence' around use of Covid-19 interventions, other than vaccines, Hiqa says
Hiqa said that being generally healthy may reduce the risk of “poor outcomes from Covid-19″.
Coronavirus: 465 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
Hiqa advises NPHET to extend presumptive Covid immunity to nine months post-infection
Increasing the period of presumptive immunity from six to nine months would have “widespread positive implications for people”.
Hiqa report reveals some main factors behind Covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes
Community incidence rates near homes and the number of beds within homes were among the factors.
'Significant' demand for beds at Limerick Hospital from people who had Covid, but still need to recover
The hospital group responded to calls from the INMO for a Hiqa investigation into overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick
HIQA: Mandatory vaccination of health staff 'most intrusive' and other steps should be taken first
The finding was contained in a report by the health service watchdog.
This report to NPHET breaks down how lockdown in Ireland compares to other countries
Restrictions on hospitality, curfews and gatherings are among the key differences between countries.
Offaly disability centre failed to ensure residents were safe from 'all forms of abuse', HIQA report finds
The inspection was carried out at Millbrook House last November.
Covid immunity post-infection lasts six months, NPHET advised
The new guidance doubles the length of time of presumptive immunity after infection.
Nursing home complaints during Covid: Concerns over isolation and lack of social distancing
The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.