€9m boost for ageing Cork nursing homes

Two ageing HSE-run nursing homes whose facilities have been strongly criticised by the health watchdog are in line for a €9m boost.

The separate investments in the north Cork facilities, which date from the 1920s and 1930s, will fund capital building works and upgrades to bring them in line with modern standards.

It is expected that St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Millstreet, which dates from 1932, will receive a €4m boost, with a further €5m being ploughed into 1927-established Kanturk Community Hospital.

Cork North West Fine Gael TD Áine Collins said she expects official confirmation tomorrow of what she said will be largest investments in these facilities in a decade.

“Both hospitals have excellent staff, and both provide an excellent level of care to the elderly but the buildings were not up to modern requirements,” she said.

“This money is earmarked for building upgrades, which the HSE has been working on for some time. I look forward to the work starting as soon as possible.”

Cork North West Fine Gael TD Áine Collins
Cork North West Fine Gael TD Áine Collins

The facilities at both hospitals have been criticised several times following inspections by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa).

After a planned inspection last year of the Millstreet facility, Hiqa said that overall, residents received a good standard of care.

But it said its dorms were in a poor state of repair and flagged a range of concerns, including inadequate sanitary and sluicing facilities and inadequate communal space and storage space for residents’ belongings.

Hiqa said the accommodation was not always adequate for end of life care and said that significant improvements were required to its design and layout.

Following an announced inspection of the 40-bed Kanturk hospital, Hiqa said while the standard of care was good, it found that the layout of the premises compromised the privacy and dignity of residents.

It pointed to the layout of bedrooms, some of which were shared by multiple residents, which meant beds were too close together.


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