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# hiqa - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Hiqa advises NPHET that Covid-19 reinfection is 'rarely documented but possible'

Studies cited by Ireland’s health watchdog indicate that antibodies that respond to Covid-19 last between 2-6 months.

# hiqa - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Six disability centres found non-compliant in protecting residents against infection

HIQA has raised concerns with unsatisfactory measures in place to prevent the spread of infections.

# hiqa - Friday 23 October, 2020

Report finds staffing and Covid training issues at Louth nursing home where over 20 patients died in April

A report from May – just a week after an outbreak at the nursing home – highlighted some areas of non-compliance at the centre.

# hiqa - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Rapid testing should be considered but it's not as accurate as the test we currently use, Hiqa says

The introduction of rapid testing could be effective in Ireland in future, but we need to see its “real-world performance” here first, Hiqa said.

# hiqa - Thursday 15 October, 2020

Outbreak of Covid-19 among residents and staff at Dublin nursing home

Residents and staff who tested positive are now isolating.

# hiqa - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Health Minister contacts HSE to make clear that window visits in nursing homes are not suspended under Level 3

Concerns had been raised that nursing homes in Dublin were suspending window visits.

# hiqa - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

Bereaved families want answers about their loved ones' final days in nursing homes, committee is told

An expert warned that the huge issue will have implications for the grieving process.

# hiqa - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

HIQA releases study evidence behind new change to Covid-19 self-isolation period

People with a confirmed case are to self-isolate for 10 days now, down from 14.

# hiqa - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Nursing homes regulator says its powers are 'not adequate' to handle the pandemic

Hiqa was criticised for its “very late” issuance of guidance to nursing homes at the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid Response today.

# hiqa - 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.

# hiqa - 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.

# hiqa - 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.

‘It's dangerous’: How Ireland is behind the curve on home care regulation Exclusive

Part three of Noteworthy’s investigation reveals no legal requirements for training or registration in carer sector.

# hiqa - 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.

# hiqa - Friday 3 July, 2020

Covid-19 deaths may have been overestimated, Hiqa report finds

Leo Varadkar said the findings are “interesting but not a surprise” because of how deaths related to the virus are counted.

# hiqa - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Officials looking at 'creative' ways they could allow nursing home visits again

Dr Holohan said health officials are ‘very sensitive’ to the issue and aware of the impact on the mental health of residents.

# hiqa - Monday 25 May, 2020

Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April

Many complainants raised concerns about social distancing and infection control measures in homes as the virus spread.

# hiqa - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Children 'not significantly contributing' to spread of Covid-19 at home or in schools

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published findings about the spread of coronavirus.

# hiqa - 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.

# hiqa - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Pressure on staff and infrastructure in maternity services at Irish hospitals, according to HIQA reports

The Health Information and Quality Authority identified a number of areas for improvement to ensure that maternity services remain safe.

# hiqa - Thursday 6 February, 2020

Report finds adult residents 'stripped naked' in front of children at Donegal care centre

All staff who spoke with inspectors said residents and children were not safe in this centre.

# hiqa - Thursday 23 January, 2020

Resident at Dublin disability centre experienced 89 abusive incidents over nine-month period, report finds

St John of God Glasthule centre was found to be not compliant with 10 of the 19 regulations inspected.

# hiqa - Friday 3 January, 2020

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries

The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.

# hiqa - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Nursing home brings High Court challenge over Hiqa finding which raised fire safety concerns

The challenge has been brought by JCP Powdermill Care Centre Ltd.

# hiqa - Tuesday 3 December, 2019

Patient Safety Bill put forward by Simon Harris has been approved by Cabinet

This Bill would make it mandatory for the health service provider to put forward information on incidents of patient safety.

# hiqa - Saturday 26 October, 2019

What happened to the HSE's proposal for its own undercover investigations in care homes?

Back in 2014, then director general Tony O’Brien said it was time to look at these sorts of measures to protect vulnerable clients.

# hiqa - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Allocation of social workers to children in foster care 'chaotic', inspection finds

At the time of the inspection, 22% of children did not have an allocated social worker.

# hiqa - Monday 30 September, 2019

Emerade adrenaline pen recalled by health regulator

Anyone who uses the pens are being told to return them to pharmacies.

# hiqa - Sunday 8 September, 2019

Life inside Ireland's disability services: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained bruising

The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.

# hiqa - Thursday 22 August, 2019

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of sexual assault and unexplained injuries

The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.

# hiqa - Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Nursing homes: Almost half of HSE-run homes are failing when it comes to Garda vetting

Health watchdog found that HSE-run care homes were breaching Garda-vetting rules.

# hiqa - Wednesday 14 August, 2019

Watchdog finds that Tusla failed to alert gardaí to crimes against children in a timely manner

Neglect and sexual abuse were among the suspected crimes that Tusla was slow to report.

# hiqa - Wednesday 17 July, 2019

Hiqa finds 'significant discrepancy' in bank account of resident at HSE-run home for people with disabilities

Hiqa inspected Damien House in Co Tipperary on 16 April.

# hiqa - Thursday 11 July, 2019

Four Irish hospitals failed to properly screen patients for new superbug

A new report reveals that a number of hospitals failed to properly protect patients from the CPE superbug.

# hiqa - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

'Time to act': HIQA report finds PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates would be cheaper and more effective

A draft report on the introduction of the programme was published today.

# hiqa - Monday 11 March, 2019

More improvements needed at Stewarts Care, health watchdog finds

Hiqa published an overview of the inspection and monitoring activity of eight care centres.

# hiqa - Tuesday 26 February, 2019

'Significant concerns' over infection control at Cork hospital following two superbug outbreaks

HIQA inspected the facility following the outbreaks in July and October last year.

# hiqa - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Hiqa report suggests allegations of abuse in Dublin were 'underreported' by Tusla to gardaí

Hiqa’s inspectors reviewed 26 files and found that in 19 of them allegations had not been appropriately notified to gardaí by social workers.

# hiqa - Thursday 10 January, 2019

Children at Kildare residential centre told inspectors they 'don't always feel safe'

Some children were concerned about where they would live when they left the centre.

# hiqa - Saturday 5 January, 2019

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues

The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.

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