Full compliance for Wexford elderly care facility in HIQA Inspection - News Archive

A HSE residential healthcare facility in Wexford Town has won the praise of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) for its standards of care.

In an Inspection Report published by HIQA, following on from the authority’s visit to the facility on 15th March last, the 30 bed Abbeygale House component of the Farnogue Community Nursing Unit in Wexford was found to be compliant under all 18 categories examined.

Opened in 2013 and costing €6.5 million to construct, the purpose built Farnogue Healthcare Unit is a state of the art 50 bed Community Nursing Unit (CNU). It provides residential services for both elderly care and mental health clients. Farnogue comprise two “households” of 20 (Selskar) and 30 beds (Abbeygale). The development of Farnogue enabled the HSE to move those cared for at Ely Hospital to more modern accommodation.

HIQA found Abbeygale House to be compliant with its regulations, in terms of governance and management, information for residents, suitable person in charge, safeguarding and safety, health and safety/risk management, medication management, notification of incidents, health and social care needs, complaints procedures, residents' rights, dignity and consultation and suitable staffing. The HIQA inspector met residents and staff and observed practice in Abbeygale. Documents were also reviewed, such as policies, procedures, training records, care plans, medication management charts and minutes of residents' meetings. The inspector also reviewed actions on previous inspections and found that they had been completed.

Welcoming the publication of the HIQA Inspection Report and congratulating all staff at Farnogue Community Nursing Unit (CNU) for their sterling work, the Chief Officer of the Area 5 Community Healthcare Organisation (the division for delivering social care, health and wellbeing, mental health and primary care services in the South East counties) Ms. Aileen Colley said:

“This is fantastic news. I’m very proud of our team at Abbeygale. I’m also delighted for the patients and their families knowing that that the highest of standards are being maintained at this facility in Wexford. Such a purpose built structure – where each resident has a room of their own in a bright, spacious and well maintained environment, is the norm we are aiming for across the South East. Indeed, the 2016-21 HSE Capital Plan further provides for a move in this direction.”

“It’s very encouraging to read of the inspector finding those in charge in Abbeygale ensuring that residents' medical and nursing needs were met to a high standard. The Report notes that residents looked well cared for, engaged readily with the inspector and provided positive feedback on the staff, care and services provided there. The inspector found evidence of good practice across all outcomes inspected. The Report also noted that staff interacted with residents in what HIQA described as “a respectful, warm and friendly manner and demonstrated a thorough knowledge of residents’ needs, likes, dislikes and preferences”.”

“There is tremendous work going on, every day of the year, throughout the Irish health services. The publication of this Report is evidence of that. This is a good news story and I want to congratulate the residents and staff on achieving the excellent standards of care as described.”

Last updated on: 30 / 05 / 2016