Staffing at Covid-hit facility now ‘adequate’


Ballygar GP, Dr. Martin Daly, who last week highlighted a serious Covid-19 outbreak at the Nightingale Nursing Home in Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, in which 26 out of 28 residents tested positive for the virus, says that adequate staffing is now in place and the HSE is continuing to support the facility this week.

Dr. Daly took to Twitter last Thursday in order to bring the Health Service Executive’s attention to the plight of residents and staff who were badly affected by the outbreak.

One resident sadly died on Wednesday of last week after contracting the virus, while three residents were admitted to hospital. Two residents remain in hospital, one of whom is seriously ill, while three more continue to suffer serious symptoms at the nursing home. All but two staff members tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Daly said that while the situation remains serious, staffing levels have been bolstered in recent days.

“In fairness, the action taken by the HSE last Thursday in providing volunteers from their own staff relieved the situation greatly and that support has continued into this week.

“Volunteer nurses from the community and from places far from Ahascragh have also helped to staff the nursing home over the weekend.

“The senior full-time nurse (at the Nightingale Nursing Home) has also been supplemented by a HSE nurse and a senior HSE manager to ensure that good and adequate care continues to be provided,” he said.

The Ballygar GP said while the situation has stabilised somewhat, residents were still dealing with the effects of the outbreak.

“We have to remember that at least one resident has passed away and two remain in hospital, one seriously ill. There are also three residents who remain ill at the nursing home and the remaining residents have mild to moderate symptoms.

“What has improved is that there is now adequate staff to provide good care to residents still coping with the effects (of this Covid-19 outbreak)”.