RQIARegulation and Quality Improvement Authority
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The RQIA report said: "There was no evidence at the time of the inspection that patients had been consulted regarding the use of restrictive practices which included the placing of CCTV in a sitting room and key coded locks throughout the home.
The RQIA will be issuing a full report on the findings of the inspection on Ward 4F to the trust shortly.
The RQIA has ordered the home to repay residents who have covered the cost of such items.
The RQIA has told management that any items of furniture, bedding and other furnishings and equipment suitable to the needs of the patients are provided by the home.
Infection prevention and control procedures & practices compromised RQIA REPORT RELEASED YESTERDAY
While none of the other Trusts were in the same position as Belfast, RQIA has made a number of recommendations for concerted action across the region to improve the delivery of unscheduled care.
The College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) Summit on Unscheduled Care, taking place tomorrow, which will bring together senior staff representatives from Hospital Medicine, General Practice, Nursing, Social Work, Allied Health Professionals, Health Management and Trade Unions to share learning and to provide definite proposals to complement the work of the RQIA Review Team.
In January, the Minister commissioned the RQIA to carry out an inspection of the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) ED and Acute Medical Unit (AMU) to assess the quality of care and dignity afforded to patients; and to conduct a further wider review of the arrangements for unscheduled care within the Belfast Trust and for regional co-ordination and escalation.
Sinn Fein's Maeve McLaughlin was responding to Mr Poots' comments in the Assembly following a visit by regulators the RQIA to the Royal Victoria Hospital after a "major incident" was declared there last month.
That said, I have concerns about these issues and all these questions will be addressed in the RQIA Review announced yesterday.
Health Minister Edwin Poots said yesterday the RQIA will work with emergency medicine and nursing experts.
I have agreed to discuss the issue personally with the RQIA and with the Western Trust.