St. Colum­cille’s Hospi­tal gets poor hy­giene rat­ing

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THE WA­TER SUP­PLY at St. Colum­cille’s Hospi­tal in Lough­lin­stown was con­tam­i­nated with ‘ le­gionella species,’ and pa­tients in iso­la­tion wards were forced to share show­er­ing and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent hy­giene au­dit.

It was also ob­served that records of clean­ing the toi­let and wash­ing ar­eas were not up to date in any of the ar­eas vis­ited and there was vis­i­ble dirt on shower room floors.

The Health In­for­ma­tion and Qual­ity Au­thor­ity car­ried out an unan­nounced in­spec­tion at the hospi­tal, leav­ing it with a rat­ing of ‘poor’. The hospi­tal re­ceived a rat­ing of ‘fair’ in 2007. ‘If it were a restau­rant, it would be closed down,’ re­marked Deputy Billy Tim­mins.

Lough­lin­stown was one of nine hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide to re­ceive the ‘poor’ rat­ing. 50 hos­pi­tals were in­spected.

Cllr. John Ryan, who last year warned mem­bers of the pub­lic to stay away from St. Colum­cille’s af­ter a coroner ex­pressed con­cern at the level of MRSA re­lated deaths there, has called the most re­cent de­vel­op­ment ‘shock­ing.’

The re­port stated that in the Lour­des Ward 39 pa­tients share one shower, one bath and seven toi­lets. There was vis­i­ble dirt on the floor of the shower room. Ward ar­eas were noted to be poorly ven­ti­lated‘From an in­fec­tion point of view the re­port is damn­ing,’ said Cllr. Ryan.

In the St. Brid­get’s Ward 23 pa­tients, in­clud­ing five iso­la­tion pa­tients, share one shower. ‘St. Colum­cille’s needs iso­la­tion rooms with en-suite fa­cil­i­ties,’ he said. ‘Not pa­tients with con­ta­gious con­di­tions shar­ing fa­cil­i­ties. It is no sur­prise that St. Colum­cille’s has had high lev­els of C Diff and MRSA.’

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