HIQA report highlights fire safety issues at north Kerry nursing home

A HIQA report has highlighted major fire safety issues at a north Kerry nursing home last year.

The report outlines the findings of an unannounced inspection of Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home at Skehenerin, Listowel on November 7th and 8th last year by inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority.

Management at the nursing home said a fire risk assessment of the facility was to be carried out before the end of January.

46 residents were present during the inspection and they said they were happy with the staff and their accommodation.

The report says shortcomings identified during an inspection in April 2018 were not adequately followed up on including fire safety, risk identification and significant gaps in records.

The report said fire doors did not appear to be capable of adequately containing smoke and fire due to gaps in the seals; the seal on one door was repaired with sticky tape.

There were also issues with staff rosters, record keeping, inadequate supervision of pre-registration nurses and four staff present were not Garda vetted.

The nursing home said a fire risk assessment was due to be completed by the end of January and an external consultant has been engaged to mentor management and staff on the implementation of recommendations arising from it.

External consultants will also advise the management team on staffing matters and medication management.

The nursing home said all staff currently have Garda vetting and two references in place.