HIQA find issues at two nursing homes in Donegal

HIQA has today published the results of unannounced inspections at two nursing homes in Donegal, Larissa Lodge in Letterkenny and St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar.

The inspectors found non-compliances in 11 areas at Larissa Lodge, and five at St Joseph’s.

In both instances, management have outlined what measures are being taken to address the issues, and when those measures should be implemented.

Summary of Larissa Lodge issues –

Full Larissa Lodge report can be read at https://www.hiqa.ie/system/files?file=inspectionreports/5791-larissa-lodge-nursing-home-25-march-2022.pdf

Summary of St Joseph’s issues –

Full St Joseph’s report can be read here –



HIQA report on St Joseph’s Community Hospital

The HIQA report was the result of an unannounced inspection was carried out on 23rd of March 2022.

St Joseph’s Community Hospital is a HSE 63 bed Residential Care Facility in Stranorlar, Co Donegal providing Assessment, Respite, Dementia Care Long Term Care, and Palliative Care for clients within the Stranorlar Catchment Area.

It provides 31 long term care beds and 32 short term care beds.

Residents who spoke with inspectors expressed their satisfaction with the service they received.

Inspectors found that residents Health Care needs were met to a satisfactory standard as was protection of residents and that record keeping was satisfactory in the centre.

Inspectors observed that the new dining areas were pleasant and provided a conducive dining experience for residents.

The hospital was found to be compliant in three areas, substantially compliant in eight areas and non-compliant in five areas.

The HSE can confirm that action has been taken to address all areas of concern highlighted on the day of the inspection.

Following consultation with residents, residents now have access to all areas within the centre. Deficits in relation to care planning have been addressed.  Additional training has been provided to all staff within the centre in relation to the provision of meaningful activities and person centred care, as well as positive behavioural support training for staff in the centre.

Visiting arrangements are now in line with current visiting guidelines.

A Fire Safety Risk Assessment has been completed.

Martin Collum, General Manager for Older Persons Services HSE Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo said, “The HSE will continue to work to ensure the delivery of high quality, person centered services to the residents in St. Josephs Community Hospital”.