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Care home concerns ‘not being addressed’

Knockmoyle Lodge.

THREE years after concerns were first raised about the management of an Omagh nursing home, the body responsible for monitoring and inspecting health and social care services, the RQIA, says it is now considering its ‘next course of action.’ 

The most recent inspection at Knockmoyle Lodge took place on August 21. 

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This followed the issuing of a Failure to Comply notice in July.

This week a spokesman for the RQIA told the Ulster Herald it will “continue to monitor” the facility through its ongoing regulatory activities.

Meanwhile, a charity which supports the families of patients who are being cared for in nursing homes in Northern Ireland, has uncovered evidence from previous RQIA inspections which shows that concerns about appropriate management arrangements had been highlighted as far back as September 2014.

Northern Ireland Patient Voice spokesperson, Aidan Hanna, said it was important the nursing home has a manager in place “without delay” and called on the Western Health and Social Care Trust to explain how the situation had been allowed to continue for over three years.

In a statement to the Ulster Herald, a spokesperson for the RQIA said, “As a result of concerns in relation to management arrangements at Knockmoyle Lodge nursing home in Omagh, in July 2017, RQIA issued a notice of failure to comply with regulations to the service.

“Following an inspection at Knockmoyle Lodge on August 21, RQIA was not satisfied with progress to address its concerns, and we are currently considering further steps to ensure appropriate management arrangements are put in place at the home.

Knockmoyle Lodge was given the opportunity to comment on the issues raised.

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A response was not forthcoming at the time of going to press.

  • For full story read this week’s Ulster Herald.

 

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