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Ennis Hospital the shining light in poor HIQA hygiene reports

Four other hospitals, including the Mater and St. Vincent’s in Dublin, were found to have unclean environments that posed risks to patients.

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IT IS QUITE rare to get all good news in a HIQA report but Ennis Hospital stood out as a shining light of cleanliness in the latest round of inspections by the watchdog.

“Overall, the physical environment in both wards assessed was very clean, with very few exceptions,” the inspectors said following an unannounced visit on 4 September.

However, the news wasn’t replicated in four other hospitals.

A litany of problems in Nenagh means a follow-up inspection is required within six months, while the Mater were told that “many improvements were required” within the same time frame.

Dust, sticky residues and missing or cracked paint were major issues in the hospital’s wards, while a patient bathroom was also found to be non-compliant.

There were also risks to patients from infections discovered at St Vincent’s and Tallaght hospitals because of unclean environments in wards.

Inspectors to revisit Nenagh Hospital after finding ‘unclean environment’

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