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#Health Information and Quality Authority

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Health watchdog notified of 68 'significant events' of accidental or unintended exposure to ionising radiation

The majority of these events related to CT scans and involved relatively low dosses of radiation.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Friday 4 September, 2020

HIQA: Temperature checks and screening for Covid-19 symptoms should not be carried out in schools

The watchdog has reviewed how other countries are managing the virus in schools.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 6 August, 2020

Ireland's health watchdog says mass thermal screening at airports for Covid-19 is ineffective

The review found detection rates are low due to cases that do not present with a fever and those who are infectious before showing symptoms.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

Half of nursing homes inspected after Covid-19 outbreaks not infection-control compliant

One nursing home had left bedroom doors open for residents that had tested positive for Covid-19.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

Self-assessment checklist for nursing homes on Covid-19 preparations published by Hiqa

On-site inspections to see how prepared nursing homes are for an outbreak will begin next week.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Friday 7 December, 2018

Health minister says HPV vaccine will be extended to boys next year

Hiqa has also recommended switching to a different vaccination – one that protects against an additional five types of HPV.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Friday 4 August, 2017

Kerry nursing home told its system for residents' cash is 'not secure'

An inspection in April this year also found some staff had not received training in medication management and infection control.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Saturday 3 September, 2016

'Amazing', 'tasty', 'best I've ever had' - Patients at three Irish hospitals rave about meals

Hiqa began a monitoring programme last year to look at nutrition and hydration care of patients in Irish hospitals.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 25 February, 2016

Louth care centre used disabled man's money to buy cutlery, furnishings and fireplace

A report also found there were 74 reported incidents of abusive behaviour or assaults in an eight month period.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Friday 12 June, 2015

Residents at disability centre locked in unit because of staff shortages

In one instance, residents were locked in a unit while a nurse went to another to administer medicines.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Monday 23 February, 2015

Sticky residue and stains found on equipment at Limerick hospital

Serious hand hygiene and equipment cleanliness issues were also identified at Cork University Hospital.

Child restrained with handcuffs by five staff at Oberstown campus

A HIQA report also found staff excessively used single separation, with one child locked in a room for 83 hours over four days.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Tuesday 13 January, 2015

Care home staff were not trained to deal with resident who kept punching themselves

One resident was left playing with blocks on the floor for most of the day, only getting a break to go to the toilet and eat.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Monday 12 January, 2015

Teens in State-run home were leaving regularly to take drugs

A Hiqa report found the care centre was not run in a way that the children were always safe and protected from themselves.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Friday 24 October, 2014

Watchdog finds issues with nutrition and healthcare at Galway nursing home

Hiqa carried out an unannounced inspection of Aras Chois Fharraige last month.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 26 June, 2014

HIQA criticises some children's disability care services

Much of the criticism was focused on a care service in Cork.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Surprise inspections reveal Wexford hospital ward "generally unclean" with unsecured syringes

Hiqa carried out two unannounced inspections at the hospital.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

‘We will get all the answers’ – Reilly says HIQA will review death of babies in Portlaoise

Reilly was speaking after one family, whose tragic story was outlined in a Prime Time special last week, met with members of the Oireachtas earlier today.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Friday 21 June, 2013

Maternity unit and patient equipment at Tipperary hospital are unclean

The Health Information and Quality Authority has carried out inspections on five hospitals with South Tipperary General Hospital coming in for particularly strong criticism.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Friday 19 April, 2013

Combination of MRI and mammography could improve breast cancer detection

Mammography is the primary breast imaging method used for screening in Ireland but MRI is more sensitive and improves detection rates.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Stronger breast cancer surveillance will reduce health service costs - report

A report published by HIQA today recommends annual scans for women who have an elevated risk due to familial or genetic factors.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Tuesday 26 February, 2013

New child protection inspections to bring Ireland in line with international standards

The inspections will see the State’s children and families services subject to independent inspection and monitoring for the first time.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Monday 25 February, 2013

Child protection and welfare services to be monitored for first time ever

The move was announced today by HIQA, who said that it would help make children “the top priority”.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Leaked Savita death report backs government's decision to legislate - Rabbitte

The Evening Herald has obtained a draft HSE report into the death of the Indian woman at University Hospital Galway last October.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Friday 23 November, 2012

Confirmed: HIQA to investigate the death of Savita Halappanavar

The investigation will assess “safety, quality and standards of services” provided at the Galway where hospital where Savita died last month following a miscarriage.

HIQA board to decide if it will investigate Savita death today

The board of the health watchdog meets today to consider a request to hold a statutory investigation into the woman’s death at a Galway hospital last month.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 22 November, 2012

HIQA considers request to hold statutory investigation into Savita death

The health watchdog has been requested by the HSE to examine the controversial death.

Deadline for HSE response to HIQA over Savita death today

The health watchdog has sought assurances about the safety of maternity care at the Galway hospital where Savita Halappanavar died last month.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

HIQA publishes data quality guide for healthcare staff

The authority said the guide is aimed at helping front line healthcare staff ensure patient information is of the highest quality possible.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

HIQA publishes Standards for residential care services for people with disabilities

The Authority is looking for feedback for standards to be adopted by care centres providing residential services to people with disabilities.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 23 August, 2012

HIQA closes a total of 11 nursing homes over two years

Inspections have revealed concerns over bathing residents and food portions, as well as serious levels of understaffing.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Monday 20 August, 2012

Galway nursing home taken over after failure to address 'risk issues' HSE

Galway nursing home taken over after failure to address 'risk issues'

Owen Riff nursing home in Oughterard, Galway has been taken over by the HSE after an unannounced inspection by HIQA.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 17 May, 2012

Health watchdog to publish report into Tallaght Hospital

The report by the Health Information and Quality Authority will be published at 11am this morning.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Health watchdog visits Donegal nursing home after six deaths in two weeks

Five people are said to have died over the last five days at the privately-run nursing home near Buncrana. Officials from the HSE and HIQA are at the home today as an investigation continues.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

Report criticises separation of child from others at Dublin care unit

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published a report following an investigation of procedures at the Ballydowd Special Care Unit in Dublin.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Teenage care unit in a 'state of crisis' - HIQA

The special care unit in Cork has been heavily criticised in a report by the health watchdog published today.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 17 November, 2011

Health watchdog staff spend over €2m on expenses in four years

The figures have been disclosed by the Health Information and Quality Authority under the Freedom of Information Act.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 11 August, 2011

Dirty doctors to lose parking privileges

Junior doctors at one Dublin hospital will lose their car parking spaces if they don’t attend hygiene classes.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Monday 25 July, 2011

'Unacceptable' risk to children in HSE Dublin foster care, says watchdog

The State’s health watchdog has criticised the HSE’s Dublin north central foster care service, saying that children were being placed with “unassessed and unapproved” foster parents.

# health-information-and-quality-authority - Thursday 30 June, 2011

Watchdog says serious risks to patients at Tallaght hospital

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published the terms of reference of its statutory inquiry into care in the hospital’s A&E.

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