Serious failings found at HSE residential centre

Hiqa found residents had not been adequately safeguarded

Serious failings found at HSE residential centre

A report into a residential facility for adults with intellectual disability in Donegal has found serious failings in the governance and management of the centre.

The Health Information Quality Authority (Hiqa) found that residents at Ard Greine Court, formerly the Sean O’Hare Unit in Stranorlar, had not been adequately safeguarded.

Inspectors were not assured that appropriate action had taken place to ensure all residents were protected from all forms of abuse, which included abuse by residents on other residents.

Inspectors found evidence that abuse had not been investigated in line with national safeguarding procedures.

The report found there was a reliance on physical intervention by staff or medication. Staff were unclear as to what constituted abuse and the procedure to be followed.

Ard Greine Court consists of seven individual housing units and provides residential facilities for adults with mild to severe intellectual disability, ranging in age from mid twenties to early seventies.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) said a detailed action plan is being implemented.

Jacinta Lyons, acting service manager of intellectual disability services in Donegal, said: “I am working closely with management and staff at Ard Greine to ensure that all the concerns identified by HIQA are addressed with robust governance, quality and safety arrangements. The safeguarding of residents is our number one priority. We will continue to improve and develop services, to learn from mistakes and promote the best possible quality of life for each resident”.

Donegal TD Pat the Cope Gallagher called for “a balanced approach to the issues highlighted by HIQA”.

“The safeguarding of the residents and their full and complete care is always the primary focus of Ard Greine management and staff and I am satisfied that they will continue to do that in the years ahead,” he said.