Leas Cross Nursing Home to close

The Leas Cross Nursing Home in Swords, Co Dublin, is to close. The news comes just five weeks after a Prime Time investigation exposed serious sub-standard conditions there.

The announcement was made by the home's owner, John Aherne. He said that Leas Cross could not continue in operation because of the actions of the Health Service Executive (HSE). It will close on August 1.

The home has been the subject of major controversy since the airing of the Prime Time programme at the end of May.

The programme saw an undercover reporter, who is also a qualified care assistant, working there. Using a mixture of hidden cameras and interviews with concerned family members, it revealed serious issues, including untreated bedsores, poor hygiene, poor record keeping and a lack of activities for residents.

Following this, a new director of nursing, along with new senior nursing staff, were installed, following an agreement between the HSE and the home's management.

However just over two weeks ago, the HSE announced that it was seeking alternative accommodation for the home's public patients because it did not believe that the facility was in compliance with care regulations. It also advised private patients to move as well.

Mr Aherne has said that all relevant parties have been informed about the impending closure of Leas Cross, including residents, staff and the HSE.


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