South Tipperary General Hospital has been hit with two blows, a HIQA hygiene audit that found the risk of infections spreading at the hospital was not being managed properly and the hospital is ranked as having the third highest patient to trolley ratio in the country.
The HIQA report stated that at the Clonmel hospital there was a lack of cleanliness with the physical environment and equipment. The lack of cleanliness suggested the physical environment was not being effectively managed to protect patients and reduce the risk of infection spreading, according to HIQA. The environment and equipment assessed in the maternity ward were found to be unclean. An earlier unannounced inspection also found a serious risk to patients, where the corridor adjacent to the ED, used as a patient thoroughfare from the main hospital entrance to the ED, could be used to accommodate patients with communicable diseases. The hospital reported back with an action plan to manage this risk.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath said the 255 bed Clonmel hospital had 28 patients on trolleys.
“The medical and frontline staffs at the hospital are struggling to cope under the enormous pressures that this situation creates on a daily basis,” said Deputy McGrath.
A HSE statement said “A Quality Improvement Plan is in place to address the recommendations in the report. The Hospital’s Executive Board will oversee the implementation of this Quality Plan”.