A public nursing home in the city has been criticised by a health watchdog for failing to take measures to prevent residents with dementia from going walkabout.
HIQA said Merlin Park Community Nursing Unit 5 and 6 had “inadequate” arrangements in place for identification, recording, investigation and learning from serious or adverse events involving residents.
The report of the January 24 inspection was published this week. It showed that since the last inspection, there were two notifications where residents with dementia had left the centre without the knowledge of staff.
HIQA inspectors deemed the nursing home’s response to these incidents, and the arrangements for keeping residents at risk safe, as “inadequate”.
“The providers response to these incidents was poor and did not ensure the safety of residents. A review by staff of one of the incidents identified an open window in the laundry or sluice as a possible means of exit.
“During the inspection inspectors found that an open window in the sluice room and the door to this room was ajar. The window in question had a defective catch and could not be secured. Though the fault had been recorded in the centre’s risk register and forwarded to the estates department for repair, no action had been taken to fix the window,” the HIQA report said.
When inspectors immediately brought this to the attention of the person in charge on the day of the inspection, the defective lock on the window was repaired. The person in charge also arranged to have a keypad lock fitted to the sluice door and the self-closing device adjusted.
Inspectors also found that, “there was also no evidence that any missing person drills were completed to ensure that the staff could respond promptly to locate a resident who left the centre unknown to staff.”
Overall the nursing home was compliant or substantially compliant with the guidelines. It promised to take action in two areas where there was ‘major’ noncompliance, including in preparation of care plans for residents. HIQA again criticised the suitability of the building.
It said that multi-occupancy rooms “do not meet the individual or collective needs of residents” and the en suite bathroom facilities “did not provide sufficient space to allow residents to shower with dignity and privacy”.
The HSE has said that a “new building has been approved and a design team appointed since the inspection.”
Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’
Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.
The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.
Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.
Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.
“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.
“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.
“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.
“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.
Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel
Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.
Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.
Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.
Three refused bail on violent disorder charges
Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.
Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.
Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.
An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.
Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.
Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.
Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.