Riverside Hospital has been given a clean bill of health following a series of high-profile incidents in recent months, including the murder of a staff member.
The Irish Times has been told that the facility has been “reopened to all staff” after it was closed following the death of a senior hospital worker last month.
Riverside Hospital has reopened to all employees with the exception of its emergency department where there has been a spike in suicides, according to its chief executive, Dr. Brian Coyle.
The hospital has reopened in the wake of an incident in which a senior staff member was stabbed at a reception area, causing a “huge” spike in deaths, Mr Coyle said.
The facility has now been fully re-equipped with new safety measures, including a full-time nurse on call, and staff are being trained to help staff at the centre as well as those with a chronic health condition.
Mr Coyle told the Irish Times that the hospital had been a “good example” of how to do things “properly”.
The hospital had also been given an award of €1.2m by the Irish Health Service Executive (IHSE), a reward for providing “the highest level of care in terms of clinical quality and safety” to people with chronic conditions.
It is a “very significant and very meaningful” award given to a hospital, he added.
However, he said the award came after the hospital was given “significant reassurance” that the situation would not “ever recur”.
Mr Collyon said that in the weeks following the incident, “every single person that had been there for the previous three years or more, they were very shocked”.
He said the hospital is “committed to working with the community” and has a “positive, constructive, open-minded approach” to the issues it faces.RIVERSIDE HOSPITAL: KEY STATEMENTS The Irish Hospital Association (IHA) has released the following statement in response to the tragic events at Riverside:The IHA welcomes the announcement by the State that Riverside Hospital is fully operational and fully safe.
The IHA is working with all stakeholders, including community members and local councils, to support them in this difficult time.
The public must not be left to suffer through this devastating tragedy.
The community can remain calm, reassured and supported during this difficult period of time.
“Our team is working closely with local councils and the police and all emergency services to provide the highest level care, support and safety in the community.”RIVERSIDGE HOSPICE ADMINISTRATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW”
Our team is working closely with local councils and the police and all emergency services to provide the highest level care, support and safety in the community.”RIVERSIDGE HOSPICE ADMINISTRATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW