29 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

St Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney will have 75 beds, a reduction in its current capacity of 92, following the completion of major capital works there, HSE Service Development Manager Cathal Hand informed Sean Conlon at Tuesday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council.

Mr Hand, who was present at the meeting along with HSE General Manager Bridget Clarke to discuss a number of health issues with the Monaghan authority, emphasised, however, that the works planned for St Mary’s would make it “one of the largest compliant registered public residential centres in the country.”

Mr Hand informed the meeting that at present very strict and challenging standards were being put in place by HIQA for residential centres, appropriately and rightly so. In order for a centre to maintain its registration, it had to meet certain standards and a key aspect of this was the health, welfare and care of the residents. Standards were also being applied to the building and the environment in which residents resided.

Public residential centres across the country had been given until 2015 to meet the very challenging environmental standards which HIQA had laid down. St Mary’s currently would not meet these standards – one of the obvious difficulties would be the situation whereby all the residents there were occupied in large bedrooms accommodating four or five people.

HIQA was adamant that from 2015 this could no longer be the case and the maximum number of residents in a room would be two, and that at least 30% of the overall capacity needed to …

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