HIQA report finds major deficiencies at Kerry centre for children with disabilities

A HIQA inspection of a Kerry centre for children with disabilities has raised concerns about medication management, fire safety and care planning at the facility. hiqa large A report from the agency also found that some children were not properly assessed on admission, files were not up to date, and further training of staff was required. The management of the residential and respite centre says it is implementing an action plan to address all the issues raised. The unannounced inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority was carried out at the unnamed facility in Kerry on February 20th last. The centre, run by Resilience Healthcare Limited, is described as being located in a rural setting outside a Kerry town. During the inspection, one child was witnessed attempting mild self-harming behaviour, but still had to be assessed by the behavioural therapist. HIQA inspectors found there was major non-compliance in managing medication for children and there wasn’t an area for storage of controlled drugs. Concerns were also raised about fire safety at the facility; fire doors had been locked and some windows had steel bars on them, giving an institutional feel. In response to the report, Resilience Ireland says a comprehensive action plan has been developed and is being implemented within the accepted timeframes.

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