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‘Serious failings’ at Valley Care Home in Clogher

THE Valley Nursing Home in Clogher has been issued with seven ‘Failure to Comply Notices’ after an inspection earlier this month identified a series of what are described as ‘serious failings’ that impact significantly on the quality of life for people who live in the home.

Inspectors from the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority attended the home between July 6 and 8. Admissions to the facility, which cares for those with dementia, have been suspended.

“During recent inspections of Valley Nursing Home, Clogher, RQIA identified a number of serious failings that impact significantly on the quality of life for people who live in the home,” said a spokesperson.

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“As a result of these concerns RQIA has issued seven Failure to Comply Notices. We are working closely with HSC trusts to ensure the immediate safety and wellbeing of all the people in the home.

“We have required Valley Nursing Home to demonstrate real improvement to the quality of experience for patients.  RQIA has a range of enforcement powers and we will use these in the best way to secure improvement for these patients.”

A spokesperson for the Valley Nursing Home said they were working closely with the RQIA and local trusts to enure that any matter that needs improvement is dealt with in a ‘timely and swift manner.’

Sinn Fein MLA, Colm Gildernew, expressed concern on behalf of the residents of the care home.

“I believe the Western, Southern and Belfast Trusts have all placed residents within the home. It is crucial that the authorities now respond appropriately and work together with the care home management to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.”

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