Patients cannot use the garden due to ‘falling slates’ from the HSE building

Residents of a mental health facility have limited access to a garden due to the risk of falling slates from a nearby HSE building, a monitoring report has revealed.

he Mental Health Commission has inspected the Cluain Lir Centre, which opened in 2012, on the grounds of St Mary’s Care Center in County Westmeath.

The center received a high hazard rating for premises because hazards were not consistently minimized.

The risk associated with “falling slate from an adjacent HSE building into the Cluain Lir garden” meant residents of the center did not have full or unobstructed access to the garden, the inspection report said.

Another inspection of St Edna’s unit, on the grounds of St Loman’s Hospital in Mullingar, revealed that no fire drills had taken place since 2019 and the ligature points, identified as medium risk, had not been minimized to the lowest level possible based on risk. Evaluation.

“Additionally, the windows in the parlor, dining room and assessment rooms, which were overlooked by the public spaces, had no privacy blinds.”

The deficiencies in mental health facilities come as another watchdog, the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa), has raised serious concerns about a
Disability service run by the HSE in the North West.

The HSE has come under fire after it found its Disability Service in the North West had not told Hiqa, until late last year, about a resident at one of its centers , who was watching child sexual abuse images.

Incidents at a residential center, managed by HSE CHO1, occurred in 2016, 2017 and 2021 and should have been reported to Hiqa, which inspects these facilities.

However, the health constable was not informed until the end of 2021 of the incidents at the center, which was not named.

It is the latest serious concern to emerge from HSE-run disability services in the North West.

Disability Minister Anne Rabbitte, who was briefed in December on Hiqa’s concerns, is to set up an independent inquiry into the operation of the north-west service, with the aim of bringing it up to standard.

The HSE pointed out that an unannounced inspection in January by Hiqa revealed no current safeguard issues.

He acted immediately on center backup issues brought to his attention. It conducts a broader review of the governance of services for people with disabilities.

A spokeswoman said the case had been referred to the gardaí, which is normal practice.

Families of residents potentially impacted by the incident have been notified.

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