76% -Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown
Those in the 'poor' category are-
74%-St. Michael's Hospital Dun Laoghaire
73%-Lourdes Orthopaedic Hospital, Kilcreene
73%-Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore, Offaly
73%-Mid Western Regional Maternity Hospital,
72%-South Infirmary Hospital, Cork
71%-Mid Western Regional Hospital, Nenagh
71%-Letterkenny General Hospital
71%-Cavan General Hospital
70%-Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
70%-St. Mary's Orthopaedic Hospital, Cork
70%-Mater Misericordiae, Dublin
69%-Our Lady's Hospital, Cashel
69%-Erinville Maternity Hospital,Cork
68%-Mid Western Regional Hospital, Ennis
68%-Sligo General Hospital
68%-Mayo General Hospital
67%-City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital, Hume Street
66%-St. Luke's Hospital, Rathgar
65%-Mid Western Regional Hospital Dooradoyle, Limerick
65%-Midland Regional Hospital , Portlaoise, Co Laois
65%-Roscommon County Hospital
63%-Kerry General Hospital
63%-Midland Regional Hospital Co Westmeath
62%-Waterford Regional Hospital
62%-Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
62%-St. Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown
For further details of the hygiene audit in each hospital
click on the HSE website-
Helen(HStone) - 03/11/2005 19:52
St John,s Hospital Limerick is my local hospital, and only rated as fair. I agree with this . Their hygeine is very poor,lacking in washing their hands, which I feel is unacceptable, and would be nervous in having to go there for any treatment,
- 04/11/2005 12:18
I must agree with the rating for St. Vincents Hospital, Dublin. Hygiene for patients is a joke - when I asked where the shower was I was told to go to an adjacent ward - no shower facilities for the 40 plus patients on my ward.
CB - 04/11/2005 17:06
Beaumont hospital is a disgrace - Dirty curtains, dirty mops, dirty bathrooms & dirty floors.... cleaning all the bathrooms / rooms/ corridors/ wards with the same cloths & mops never saw them change the water between rooms or wash the curtains at all in 3 months of visiting. How difficult is it to keep a hospital clean?....didn\'t history teach us this over 100 years ago. The authorities should be ashamed for letting it get so out of hand - wait until it affects them.
Derek(AXO34307) - 04/11/2005 18:28
I have spent the last nine months
visiting my wife in the mater hospital and i found that the cleaners do a good job on st cecilias i found they wash and buff the floors each day and the bins emptied twice a day plus the tiolets are kept in good order
there is antibactiral hand gel outside each ward clearly marked for visitors to use so i was surprised to see it got a poor rating also i think mary harney is doing a good job in bringing all this in the open it can only get better
SC wicklow - 04/11/2005 19:04
well theres nothing surprising in the hse report about loughlinstown hospital,dublin.My father was a patient there for quite some time and i witnessed a nurse putting tablets into his mouth without washing her hands after doing the same with about 10 patients before him, the following week the ward was closed for over a month with the winter vomiting bug!!! Also he contracted mrsa and they failed to inform us ! even though it had been confirmed its an absolute disgrace
Beaky - 04/11/2005 21:04
Patients and family members need to keep the pressure on to "up" the standards. Watch medical staff and ask them to wash their hands before they touch the patient. Complain loudly and refuse to use if toilets, floors, linens etc look or smell dirty.. Be a pain unless you want the pain that results from MRSA
big john - 05/11/2005 15:58
people working in hospitals such as cleaners and nurses should be made leave their working clother at the hospital when they have finished a shift. every day i see hospital staff on the bus wearing the same clothes that they had on while cleaning the local hospital. the women who lives next door to me never changes her uniform while on short brakes from hospital duties
marnia - 06/11/2005 10:44
Recently an emergency patient in Waterford Reg. experienced wonderful doctors and nurses but.....hygiene left a LOT to be desired..when asked for my bed sidebars to be cleaned and sterelized..a quick flick of a j-cloth did not suffice as I had found faeces smeared on the rails...the attitude of the person called to clean was resentment..and only when I refused to get into the bed was the problem resolved. Also there was dried in food around the edges of the bed trays to the consistency of cement....the same cloth used in the toilets to dust our bedtray was unacceptable. W. Reg. is a great building complex..bright and modern..but get your act together..you could be the best hospital in Ireland!
marnia - 06/11/2005 11:00
Recently a patient in St. Columcilles A@E..I accidently pulled out my canulla and called a nurse as it had gone missing among my clothes..she looked for it .... and when I asked her to put on gloves as much for her sake as mine..she dismissed my comment by saying 'it's okay'..as I was bleeding from the canula area..I wondered had I had an infection..just who would she have passed it to..at that stage I was waiting for the result of a urine test..and I had had E-coli in the past!! There was no excuse as I noted plenty of boxes of gloves and lots of alcohol handwashing facilities dotted everywhere..maybe the attitude of some of the staff hygiene should be addressed.
Jo - 06/11/2005 17:26
St Joseph's hospital Nenagh is my local hospital, I notice they got 71% which is fair. that would be correct, but as I have been visiting for 5 weeks I couldnt help but notice that there are hand washing facilities both entering and leaving the hospital for visitors and staff alike, and reminders to do so written up
- 06/11/2005 20:28
I am not at all surprised to find Loughlinstown Hospital (St Columcille's) at the bottom of the list. When my mother-in-law was there it was absolutely filthy, and the ward for old ladies a hell-hole. Once, when my mother-in-law felt sick, a nurse refused to bring us a bowl for her, saying to use the one that was on her locker - which was already full. A friend of ours went to pull the blinds and was showered with dust. I would not send a dog to live in this place.
Martin(JCP37298) - 07/11/2005 11:42
I wish to commend the management and staff of Mallow General Hospital on coming top of the Hygiene Audit. I visited a friend in Mallow Hospital recently and I found it to be spick and span unlike others in the county of Cork. The cleaning standards at Mallow are a tribute to the staff there particularly considering the years of cutbacks suffered by general hospitals in Ireland. I wan't to offer particular congratulations to the cleaning staff at Mallow. Well done all and keep up the good work.
bewildered - 08/11/2005 22:01
I'm surprised the Coombe even got as far as "fair" category. It was absolutely filthy when I was in there November 2004 for day surgery. A cranky, ungloved nurse ripped the drip out of my hand, trailed the drip bag across the floor and vanished out of the ward. I don't know where she was before she came to me, or where she went after she left me, but she certainly didn't go near the sink to wash her hands. I had my two babies in the Coombe 23 and 21 years ago but I wouldn't send my dog there to have pups!
John(maddenj) - 09/11/2005 20:07
The idea of a hygiene audit being conducted in the first instance is somewhat of a contradiction as one would imagine that hygiene in the hospital setting would be both paramount and second nature. However, it should prove a good wake up call to some.
LB - 10/11/2005 10:44
Im very suprised WRH(waterford regional) scored so low. I've had much work experience there alongside family visits and it is certainly not the worst!!Although, some of the older buildings off the main hospital are a total disgrace!
Corkie - 10/11/2005 11:12
My local hospital is South Infirmary Cork. I have recently been a patient there & i must say the standard of hygiene i saw was excellent.They were constantly washing the ward.
- 10/11/2005 11:20
Ennis General hospital is filthy.
I recently had a relation in there for 3 weeks and was in to visit almost every second night. The smell of urine on the ward was really nauseous, and their hygiene needs to be stepped up big time. How can they justify this filth?
- 10/11/2005 12:26
Not at all surprised to read about Waterford Regional being in the bottom league in terms of hygiene. Five weeks ago laminated signs were put up everywhere around the hospital and soap dispensers and paper towels have yet to be installed. Does not take an audit to tell the public what is clearly evident. It is a disgrace and until some one is made accountable, it will not improve.
- 10/11/2005 13:50
My Dad was recently in Limerick Regional with an ulcer and was back in 3 weeks later with a blood infection, which a junior doctor admitted that he picked up in hospital. Initially they thought he had MRSA but did not isolate him which was a disgrace. While in visiting I only saw 1 person washing her hands before going into a room and she was a visitor!
- 10/11/2005 14:21
I work in St. James\'s Hospital and was absolutely delighted to discover it was rated very highly, I would like to see people maintaining their vigilance in keeping the hospital clean.
- 10/11/2005 14:28
Waterford reginal hospital deserved the position in the bottom-it is a filthy hospital, go to the childrens ward-it needs painting. When my son was a patient I cleaned and scrubbed the room that he was in to make it some way decent.
- 10/11/2005 14:37
I was visitor recently to Temple Street Childrens Hospital. Whilst the ward my 11 month old nephew was in was clean, the approach to it had bin bags lying around.
Ann - 10/11/2005 14:49
Apart from handwashing and general hygine, I must agree with Big John (5.11) above. There seems to be no protocol for hospital staff to change shoes and uniforms. As an ex-nurse who trained 30 years ago part of the regime included changing into indoor shoes and uniforms in order to assist with infection control. I am convinced that this is a significant component in infectious bacteria being brought out of the hospital to the general community. I sure it works the other way round too. Walking round the streets of Dublin city where spitting, urinating and more is the norm I wonder what I bring home on my own shoes - TB? HepB? who know's? It would be interesting for someone to take swabs and see what infections would be found.
- 10/11/2005 15:01
I am surprised to see that Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe was marked as "fair". I was a patient there in March 2005 and it was absolutely filthy the bathrooms were a disgrace, the ward was in a pitiful state.
cc - 10/11/2005 15:09
I was a patient in St Columcilles in 2002 and the place was unbelievably dirty, bathrooms inparticular were just terrible. I had surgery and was advised to have salt baths each day but due to filth of the bathrooms I ended having cleaning stuff brought in so that I could wash out the bath before getting into it.Seems like a bad joke now to have had major surgery and then to have to scrub out a bath every morning before getting into it. Eventually the surgeon recommended that I go home since he was concerned that I would pick up an infection in the hospital!!
Cis - 10/11/2005 15:17
I am surprised that St Luke's Hospital in Rathgar only received a 'Fair' rating. Both my parents attended there from the period September 2003 to July 2004 for palliative treatment. As the 'lay person' I would imagine that a hospital like St Luke's which carries out the work it does (and don't get me wrong, they do an absolutely fantastic job)would have a higher standard of hygiene. Men, Women and Children alike receiving chemotherapy/radiotherapy surely would be more susceptible to infection. In my mother's case she suffered aeschemic bowel, but due to a viral infection (which I had caught myself and that my mother had caught from me)
it left her too weak and too ill to respond to treatment. If that can happen within the confines of your own home, what sort of viruses are roaming the corridoors of our Hospitals?
Kathy(Kathy55) - 10/11/2005 15:24
Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown must have improved in recent years as it was disgusting to attempt to use the patients toilets there when I was a patient in a wheelchair following a RTA. Also the Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital in Clontarf is not on the list and that is where I was sent in '95 following the RTA - it was filthy but was modernised since so might be cleaner, if it was assessed in this assessment. I think continuing assessments on the condition of our hospitals is vital in bringing about change and controlling MRSA and other out of control bugs in the hospital setting. I hope these assessments continue and are done a few times a year on spec, without prior notice.
visiting friend - 10/11/2005 16:20
In August, I visited a friend in the Mater Hospital in Dublin. She had been readmitted following surgery with a wound that had not fully healed. Aware of the need for hygiene, I read notices reminding visitors to wash their hands displayed on my way to the ward. On arrival at the Nurses' station I asked where I could wash my hands before going in to see my friend. The reply was that I need not bother. I said I would prefer to wash my hands first, to be told there was no such facility available.
It comes as no surprise to me that the Mater Hospital in Dublin was not listed in the cleaner hospitals.
Putting up notices does not create a hygienic environment.
- 10/11/2005 16:31
Hi there, I agree with the poster who said that it is the attitude of some of the staff is the problem. Nursing staff should be made to re-train after a certain number of years on the ward to avoid complacency and to re-afirm why they took this caring profession. That said the majority of nursing staff do an excellent job anmd do much more above the call of duty
Patient - 10/11/2005 18:22
I can guarantee that if staff salaries were linked to each hospital's cleanliness status, we would have the cleanest hospitals is Europe! Its about money.
- 10/11/2005 19:21
The solution is simple. Fire top hospital administrators if their hospital audit falls below "Fair." Give them a year to clean up their act - then out on their cans. That would give them an incentive, and I'm sure staff would then get the message - delivered strong and hard by adminstrators with their own jobs on the line. As always, the top dog sets the tone. If they're useless - get rid of them. My life and those of my family are too important to me to waste because an incompetent is running the place. I'd be willing to bet you feel the same.
Bill - 10/11/2005 21:58
I\'m not surprised with the result of the audit on Waterford Regional Hospital. In recent years my wife has been in Waterford in a private room for childbirth purposes. Not once had the room or adjacent toilet/shower facility been cleaned to an acceptable standard. Indeed on one occasion when she first moved into her room there was blood on the toilet seat of the ensuite. It is hardly surprising that this hospital has a high incidence of MRSA given its filthy condition. Nobody is taking responsibility!
Mary - 11/11/2005 09:36
Mary - funny you should mention it, no that I have my own hoime, I change my shoes every evening when I come in, as does my husband.'work' and 'outside' shoes are left in he back porch.
Patient - i don't think it is about money. I think it's about laziness, thoughtlessness, incompetence and sometimes arrogance.
As a visitor to 4 hospitals over the last 18 months I was only asked to wash my hands one. And this was by a young cleaning attendant.
She may not have had much Englsih but she knew to show me to the sink and point out where the sanitzer and paper hand towels were and was perfectly polite in doing so.
But I was there early in the morning (to drop off pyjamas) and she is not there all day every day.
Eileen(NEB31089) - 11/11/2005 10:41
To Kathy, when I was in Connolly Hospital (James Connolly Memorial, as it was known then) in 1998 and 2003, I couldn't use the toilet without first cleaning it - the second time I brought in all the cleaning necessities with my personal goods. There is now a new hospital, which probably accounts for the not so bad rating.
Milly - 11/11/2005 20:48
Had to spend a week in Coombe recently for hysterectomy. Went private - large room with attached ensuite- impressed - afraid not - the shower was disgusting. All along the edge of the shower was a black mould and fuzzy fungus - god only knows what was growing there. Could not wait to go home and have a proper shower. When I used this one - I stood as close to the middle as possible on a paper mat and tried not to touch anything. Room was reasonably clean and staff very nice but when I saw what the insurance company were paying for my stay in private room - was shocked.
old fashioned - 12/11/2005 12:20
As with Ann on the 10th I am an ex-nurse qualified some 30 years ago. I have noticed from many times visiting and being a patient in a number of hospitals a gradual slippage.
Things and attitudes have changed and the biggest change seems to have come with the new method of training. We did everything including dusting and washing floors[ when required ] We washed and scrubbed everything. Uniforms and shoes were not removed from the premises. Docors and nurses here in Drogheda can be seen, daily' walking in down the street wearing their uniforms. This is not to say that the new system is worse, simply that there needs to be more emphasis on actulal care and practical application.
Jacky G - 12/11/2005 22:07
40 years ago I was a patient in Merlin Park and cleanliness was top of the agenda.There was a ward sister who took responsibility for everything that went on her ward. This year I was back again briefly for a few days. What I saw was dirt,confusion, lots of staff and nobody in charge. And they got fifth in the country. May God help the unfortunates who hve to go in to any of them.
- 13/11/2005 16:22
There is more to the hygine problems in hospitals than what seems to be written about here as a ex domestic staff worker in a mid west hospital I can assure you that the problem is staff and vistors alike. There is a reason that there is visting hours in hospitals besides the resting of patients ,it is also to provide the domestic staff the time needed to get their job done. The job is hard enough to do when doctors and nurses are doing rounds and you have to leave the area but when you get vistors in on you also and they have the attitude that you are in their way and not the other way round , the job gets much harder. Also we can only work with the equipment and products given to us which in some cases is what you would use at home and not suitable for hospital use as they may not be strong enough to kill what germs are there, for example there has been a bann on using bleach in some Mid west hospitals and you get flash to use instead which I dont belive would kill half of what could possibly on the floors.
Bat - 13/11/2005 22:26
The list that has been inspected is General Public Hospitals who is checking on the private ones and their hygiene.
Dian - 14/11/2005 09:52
Waterford Regional Hospital is known for being dirty. We all know of local people that have become victims of the MRSA superbug in this hospital. I have seen a little improvement since the audit was done. But yet the improvement is not adequate. There are no excuses anymore!
marie - 14/11/2005 12:33
Kathy and Eileen are so right about J.C.M. Hosp Blanchardstown. How it got \" fair\", beggers belief. Granted the new section is hughly ahead of the rest, of the hospital.For the present. But the wards there only have the middle of the rooms \" wiped\". No going near furniture or beds. In the past beds and furniture were pulled out / moved so every place was properly cleaned. Waterford isn\'t the only place blood an faeces were left splattered about in toilets and wards. In the J.C.M. Blanchardstown they were left for weeks and months. Toilet contents even came through ceilings onto the patients rooms underneath. And uniforms supplied free by the hospital, courtesy of the tax payer for wearing in Theatre, Intensive care etc to prevent infection, are being worn out side these areas, in grounds where building is taking place, to canteen, to \"meetings\", etc. It defeats the whole thing putting the blame on a minister of health. Name and shame and make accountable the people who are highly paid to ensure a safe and healing place for patients. And any one coming to out patients needs to see what kind of sterility applies to instruments there. They could be in for a shock.
Brad - 14/11/2005 21:47
I spent about six hours one night in April 2002 in Loughlinstown Hospital. I actually wrote an article on it called \"Nightmare in Loughlinstown Hospital\" but unfortunately I did nothing about it.
It was the time of the Iraqi invasion by the Americans. It was full of Drunks for the whole night and the the A&E area facility was filthy, Surely a sweep and a mop out of the area every couple of hours wouldnt have gone a miss. I realise now that it is known as one of the dirtiest Hospitals around.
Shelly - 15/11/2005 11:29
i\'m not suprized Waterford Regional is in the poor section, it\'s an absolute disgrace for a relativly new hopital . My family and i spent nearly 2 months in there with my Dad and that gives you a good bit of time to observe their \"cleaning\" although i dont believe it\'s the cleaners fault they have a schedule they must stick to. We used to bring in Detol wipes and do our own cleaning everyday.You would\'nt dream of using the toilets in the front lobby unless you really had to,no hand towels nowhere to leave a bag dirty floors. Sadly my Dad contracted MRSA
LB - 06/05/2006 13:23
Im a medical student in the Uk and i can compare from first hand experience the differences between home and here.(Home being Waterford). I do believe that the major problems in Ireland are a direct result of poor education and training.It is the doctors,nurses,all health care workers and cleaners duty to be cautious and aware of the health risks associated with poor hygiene and the threat this has on a vunerable patient. However, this training needs to be instilled to all health care workers during there undergraduate training!We no longer where our white coats due to the bacteria and risks they carry, and even the consultants here have adpopted the "plastic coat" idea. Washing hands with an alcohol solution is routine after each patient. More importantly, visitors are made wash there hands with the alcohol solution before entering each ward.This has a major impact on the spread of MRSA and has broadened peoples awareness of the standard of hygiene required within a hospital environment.I do believe that our 3rd level Health Care training and our Health Boards have a pivotal role to play in this situation.If education is embraced, and words become actions, Ireland will see a difference.
- 29/06/2006 12:21
I live near London well outside of london and our hospital is very dirty, my husband went in for an op and not one nurse washed her hands to change his dressing which lead to an infection. the ward was never clean only the bins changed in the morning, My husband was in for 4 weeks and not once was the floor sweeped or washed. Our Hospital is high with the bug MRSA because i work in an old peoples home and everyone that goes into this hospital and comes out has it, even my husband was sent home with this bug.
Ann Marie(ZZU51154) - 28/08/2006 16:27
My mother died three weeks ago from the mrsa bug, they did an autopsy to see how she got it in the first place and I am waiting on the results, it should not have happened and I do not think that hospitals or government should get away with it any longer
Jack - 20/09/2006 19:52
Letterkenny General hospital does not rate too high for the following reasons. Poor hygiene,lack of communication between consultant and next of kin.Continuous postponement of procedures. Also discharging an elderly relative without informing relatives and being subjected to ongoing pressure to remove relative from acute hospital bed.Lots of money spent on big clean up for inspection and then no follow up. Obvious lack of morale among staff.
dandy - 21/09/2006 09:51
University Hospital Cork
No wonder MRSA is present in hospitals
no point washing if the same water is been used for an entire ward and its hardly warm, and the Same J -Cloth is used between rooms/wards and because either of laziness or incompetence is the same one used in the toilet as the Bed table as the window , whats the point of buffing the floor if the floor is'nt done right,
They might as well not do it at all
i spent enough time in there to see what was going on
its bad practice and its bad education
it should be example from the top down
The senior consultants dont wash their hands,neither do the junior doctors, the few that do are miniscule
Nurses wear uniforms too and from work
there is a reason why MRSA is not actively mentioned as i guess infections are picked up so easily in hospitals as a rule they would be in danger of having a massive class action if liability was anchored in hospitals domain and the managment knew about the problems but were not actively dealing with it
enna - 21/09/2006 16:55
I was in Tallaght Hospital about 2 years ago for 3 days and I can say that back then, it was filthy, I was afraid to use the shower in the ward as it felt as if there was scum on the floor. I went to use the chair beside my bed and there was a pressure cushion on it so i removed it only to find a disposable glove underneath it.
TKB - 20/08/2007 21:28
I work in the Laundry Department of WRH and I'm not one bit surprised at the poor rating. If I told you what was going on there, you'd never set foot inside a hospital again and do you know what???......no one cares. Not management and staff are gone to the point that they've given up shouting cos nothing gets sorted. The whole hospital is a disgrace. There's a door in the bottom basement corridor that hasn't been cleaned in over a year. The dirt is clearly visible and every occupation goes through that door. What are the chances of them washing their hands after touching it? The "Hygiene" auditor must have walked straight through it or passed it at least three times now. Wonder how they missed it?! Attitudes have become the problem as no one takes pride in their work any more....money..and no more. Where I work, we are constantly changing and laundering curtains but what's the point if the room is not cleaned before they put a patient back in and so on. The problem is I've been everywhere to complain and no one wants to know, including the HSA.
- 03/10/2007 20:06
i was an out patient in the south infirmary hospital recently and i contracted mrsa through an open cut in my head. anyone else find problems with this hospital????