Positive HIQA report for St. Patrick’s Hospital in Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Eoin Kelleher


Eoin Kelleher



Positive HIQA report for St. Patrick’s Hospital in Cashel, Co. Tipperary

St. Patrick’s Hospital in Cashel has received a mostly positive report following a visit by a HIQA inspector.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) carried out the inspection on January 10th and 11th this year, and the results were published on April 12.

The report found that St. Patrick’s is compliant with nine out of 11 major areas surveyed. On the date of inspection, there were 94 residents, and 40 vacancies.

Prior to the inspection the provider, the HSE, was requested to submit relevant documentation to HIQA. The inspector reviewed this documentation, ascertained the views of residents, relatives and staff members, observed practices and reviewed records as required by the legislation.

St Patrick's Hospital provides residential, rehabilitation and respite care to older adults. There are two residential care wards and a rehabilitation ward located on the main campus of St. Patrick's Hospital in Cashel, a satellite unit known as 'St Anthony's' which is located in Clonmel and a residential care unit known as St Clare’s which is located on the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospital in Cashel.

Previous inspections have identified that the premises at St. Patrick's Hospital consisted mainly of ward-type accommodation and the physical environment was not suitable for the purpose of achieving the aims and objectives as set out in the statement of purpose, and was not conducive to meeting the needs of residents. The HSE has committed to replacing St Patrick's Hospital with a new build by 2021, in accordance with ‘New Build’ Standards and Regulations. The advertisement for the appointment of design teams was issued in October 2017. It is currently proposed that the tender process will be completed by end Q1 2018 and the Design Teams will commence their work on the various new builds.

The inspector notes that “there was a clearly defined management structure that identifies the lines of authority and accountability."

Full report in next week's Tipperary Star.