A watchdog inspection has found “significant non-compliance” in governance, management and infection control at a Co Galway nursing home.

The inspection of Flannery’s Nursing Home in Tuam was one of 35 carried out on older people’s services published by the HIQA on 4 November.

The HIQ commented: “Overall, inspectors found significant non-compliance in governance and management and infection control. An urgent action plan to address the findings under these regulations was issued the day after the inspection. The provider voluntarily stopped admissions to the centre for a period of six weeks to facilitate an improvement plan.”

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The regulator found that “governance and management systems in the centre required significant improvement”.

It added: “There was insufficient staff available to meet the assessed needs of the residents or for the size and layout of the building.”

As a result of its findings, the HIQ requested an immediate action plan on governance and management and infection prevention and control as well as further information on the care pathway for residents who were living in the centre who were aged under 65 years.

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