Nursing homes in Donegal found to be in breach of HIQA regulations

Today, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 55 inspection reports on residential centres for older people. 4 residential centres in the North West were included in this report, St Phelim’s Nursing Home and Ballinamore Nursing Unit in Leitrim, and Áras Mhic Shuibhne and Hillcrest Nursing Home in Donegal.

The report states that of the 55 nursing homes inspected, 15 of the centres were non-compliant with three regulations or less, while 12 were found to be non-compliant with 4 regulations or more.

Both residential centres in Leitrim were found to have been compliant with almost all regulations when randomly inspected. However, in Donegal, a number of breaches were found in the two homes inspected.

Áras Mhic Shuibhne in Laghey was one of the 15 centres in breach of 3 regulations or less. Among them were non-compliances with Staffing under Capacity and Capability, and fire safety and premises under Quality and Safety.

Hillcrest Nursing Home in Letterkenny was one of the 12 centres found to be in breach of 4 or more regulations, with 7 breaches found in total. Under Capacity and Capability, issues were found with Staffing, Governance and Management, Statement of Purpose and Notification of Incidents. Three more breaches were found under Quality and Safety, breaches surrounding the Premises, Infection Control, and Individual Assessment and Care Plan all raising alarms in HIQA’s eyes.

All homes included in the report that were found to have breaches have been asked to provide a compliance plans to demonstrate how they will make improvements and come into compliance with the regulations.