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Statement re HIQA Unannounced Inspection Report

Statement from The Rotunda Hospital in response to the Health Information and Quality Authority’s Report on an unannounced inspection on 25 June 2015

Updated - 23 October 2015

The Rotunda Hospital regards the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections as an important issue for the Hospital in maintaining and delivering high quality and safe healthcare to all its patients and babies.  

The unannounced inspection by HIQA in June 2015 was of the Lillie Suite, a postnatal ward opened in 2003.  The ward was noted to be well maintained and generally clean.  There were some issues raised in relation to the cleaning and storage of cots and the full implementation of infection prevention care bundles.  The report acknowledged that staff are trained and empowered to remove unnecessary cannulae when they are no longer required and that the hospital produced a comprehensive 2014 Infection Surveillance Report.

“The Rotunda Hospital seeks to not just match, but to exceed quality standards and targets where they are set by external monitoring bodies.  All staff take great pride in their work and are fully committed to enhancing all elements of the patient experience.  However, we continue to face challenges due to the hospital infrastructure and the age of some of the buildings.  We look forward to the day when our standards of care are matched with appropriate standards of accommodation and infrastructure.   We are therefore delighted with the Minister for Health’s announcement earlier this week to progress plans to relocate the Rotunda to the Connolly Hospital site,” said Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, Master of the Rotunda Hospital.

During the 2015 inspection, the Authority reviewed progress with implementing the action plans identified following the 2014 inspection.  They were satisfied that the remedial works identified have been addressed.  

As the HIQA report notes, the Rotunda Hospital is part of regular national hand hygiene audits twice yearly. The results show the Hospital’s consistent improvement in hand hygiene compliance since 2012 up to June of this year.  The most recent audit by the Hospital again exceeded the HSE national target of 90% compliance (92%).   

“We’re working to ensure that standards and hygiene levels remain consistent across all areas of the Hospital.  This will continue to be a key component of the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) that has been developed by the Hospital and approved by the Quality and Safety Committee this month,” said Dr Coulter-Smith.


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