Waterford Nursing Home battled significant Norovirus outbreak

Waterford Nursing Home battled significant Norovirus outbreak

A Waterford Nursing Home has failed a HIQA inspection following an outbreak of Norovirus.

This follows an unannounced inspection last February.

Waterford Nursing Home on the Dunmore Road can accommodate 60 residents.

On February 27th of this year, there were 54 residents present.


The inspection was conducted as a follow-up to two previous inspections in May and August of last year, which identified areas of concern.

Residents were observed to be happy during the inspection, with good interaction between staff and residents observed.

Additionally, residents reported a good variety of both meals and activities to be enjoyed for all abilities.

Infection Prevention and Control

At the time of the inspection, 26 residents were affected by an outbreak of Norovirus, also known as the vomiting bug.


However, despite this, the report notes that bedroom doors of residents who were due to be isolating were open.

Furthermore, residents who were due to isolate were observed walking down the hallways of the home.

The centre, run by Mowlan Healthcare Services Limited, was non-compliant in the areas of infection prevention and control.

As such, residents wash bowls were found to be insufficiently disinfected, soiled and clean linen were not functionally separated.

Additionally, human waste staining was observed on the sluice room walls.

Following the inspection, the home began outsourcing the laundry, and implemented a stricter cleaning and decontamination regime.

Full details of the HIQA report can be found here.


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