Clean bill of health for St Theresa’s

A Health and Information Authority (HIQA) report has given a clean bill of health to Clogheen’s St Theresa’s Hospital.

A Health and Information Authority (HIQA) report has given a clean bill of health to Clogheen’s St Theresa’s


On February 28, a HIQA official carried out an announced monitoring inspection on the public short stay unit managed by the HSE South which provides care for patients requiring respite, rehabilitation, convalescence and palliative care. The targeted length of stay is up to 12 weeks. This inspection was the first inspection of the centre by HIQA. The inspector met with residents, relatives, Provider Breda Kavanagh, Person-in-charge Anne Hally, and staff members. The inspector found that Ms Hally and Ms Kavanagh “were committed to the care and welfare of the residents.”

The inspector saw that the care and services to the residents was “evidence based and generally of a high standard.” The written statement of purpose described a service that promoted “independence,health and well-being” in a “safe, friendly environment”. The inspector observed that the ethos as described in the centre’s statement of purpose was actively promoted by staff. However, not all items listed in Regulations were detailed in the statement of purpose, namely the age range and gender of residents for whom it is intended that accommodation should be provided and the name and address of the provider. The statement of purpose had not been reviewed to take into account updated fire precautions implemented in October 2013. Staff to whom the inspector spoke had a clear understanding of management and reporting relationships and confirmed that the person in charge was readily available to support all staff. All the staff spoken with confirmed that there had been no incidents of alleged, suspected or reported abuse. There were written operational policies relating to the ordering, prescribing, storing and administration of medicines to residents. These policies were “comprehensive, centre-specific and were reviewed in January 2014”.

There was evidence of ongoing medication management training. There was a planned roster in place and a “comprehensive record kept of all accidents and incidents”. However, the majority of the premises consisted of ward type accommodation and the physical environment was “not conducive to meeting the needs of residents.” The inspector noted that the privacy of residents was respected “as much as possible”. Full report at