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Tallaght A&E to undergo safety probe

The Health Information and Quality Authority will carry out a statutory investigation into the care given to acute patients.

AN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched into the safety of services in the emergency department at Tallaght hospital.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has announced that it is to carry out a statutory investigation into the care acute patients are receiving at the Adelaide and Meath hospital.

The Irish Times reports that HIQA has stated that it has had concerns about the department and that the authority had sought assurances about hospital management and the provision of high quality, safe care.

Irish Health reports that this is the first time that HIQA has decided to investigate safety standards at an emergency department.

This week the Dublin county coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty said that the hospital in Tallaght “sounds like a very dangerous place” for anybody, “let alone a sick patient”. He was speaking at the inquest into the death of a 65-year-old man who died at the hospital in March of this year. A consultant described “appallingly poor” sanitation standards in some areas of the facility.

Read more: Tallght Hospital sounds ‘very dangerous’ – Dublin City coroner

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