Damning HIQA report highlights questions of safety at regional facility
Managers at a regional hospital accepted there was there was an absence of formal governance and oversight of its radiation companies, following a damning inspection by the Well being Info and High quality Authority (HIQA).
Kilcreene Orthopaedic Hospital, Kilkenny, offers orthopaedic radiography, together with fastened computed radiography, cell digital radiography and digital fluoroscopy.
However HIQA discovered proof of non-compliance to eight of the laws protecting the conduct of medical exposures when the watchdog’s inspectors visited the power final November.
“Preparations for the clear allocation of accountability for the safety of service customers from medical publicity to ionising radiation have to be applied by the Well being Service Government as a matter of urgency,” the inspectors famous in a report which was revealed on HIQA’s web site.
The inspection – carried out to evaluate compliance with the European Union Laws – uncovered deficits of governance and administration, together with oversight and allocation of accountability for medical exposures.
These deficits, HIQA stated, affected compliance with laws regarding gear oversight, written procedures for X-ray imaging, medical physics allocation, proof of justification for medical exposures, and absence of diagnostic reference ranges for typical X-ray procedures.
The report additionally stated that the watchdog ‘continues to interact with the Well being Service Government, because the enterprise chargeable for Kilcreene Regional Hospital, to make sure compliance with the laws”.
Inspections have been additionally carried at Tallaght College Hospital and Cork College Hospital.
At Tallaght, inspectors discovered good compliance or substantial compliance with the laws assessed on the day of inspection.
Though Cork was additionally discovered to be compliant, or considerably compliant with laws, inspectors stated deficiencies within the allocation and availability of medical physics consultants within the hospital impacted on the standard assurance testing of apparatus, and had the potential to additional affect companies offered.
“This had been escalated to the hospital’s threat register and administration at Cork College Hospital had given an assurance to handle these compliance points,” HIQA stated.