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Sligo residential centre non-compliant in four out of five areas - Hiqa Report

In an unannounced inspection by the  Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa), a Sligo residential centre for adults with intellectual disabilities was found to be non-compliant in four out of five areas.

Stranbeg near Rosses Point, run by the Health Service Executive (HSE), was inspected following a tip-off from a concerned member of the public that there was insufficient safeguards in place to protect residents from abuse.

Concerns were also expressed about “de-escalation techniques” used for residents with challenging behaviour, such as physical and chemical restraints.

Inspectors found the provider had adequate arrangements to safeguard residents from abuse. But there was a “continued failure” to inform the chief inspector of the facility of potential incidences of abuse within the three-day timeframe. It also found there were more beds than the centre was registered for.

In its latest published reports, Hiqa inspected 13 HSE premises of which six were in the northwest of the country.

Registration inspections of three centres uncovered non-compliance in the area of the workforce. In all three centres, the provider failed to provide evidence that they had obtained Garda vetting for all staff to ensure their suitability for working with residents.

In two further centres, residents were not afforded adequate private space in shared bedrooms.

Of the seven reports concerning the rest of the country, four centres were found to be fully compliant with the regulations.