‘Considerable improvements’ highlighted at Carn Hospital

More favourable HIQA report for Inishowen facility

Carndonagh Community Hospital

STATE health inspectors HIQA have found ‘considerable improvements’ at Carndonagh Community, since a damning report, which highlighted a number of shortcomings in April 2013.

Following an unannounced inspection at the facility last January, HIQA inspector, Geraldine Jolley found that improvements made had been sustained and the premises was “visibly clean”.

The Inspector also noted that staffing levels were “appropriate” and absences due to illness had reduced significantly.

At the time of the inspection, the report showed that care and nursing staff allocation comprised of three nurses and five carers on duty during the day in Oak and Elm units, which has a capacity of 29 residents.

Ard Aoibhinn, the dementia care unit, which can accommodate 16 residents, had a separate staff allocation of two nurses and two carers during the day and one nurse and one carer at night for the current twelve residents.

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