Safety and Quality

Safety

Mater Private Hospital Cork are committed to managing and conducting their work activities in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of their patients, visitors and employees including fixed term employees and temporary employees and other individuals at the place of work ie: Consultants / Consultants Secretaries and In-House Contractors.

This will be achieved by the following;

  • The provision and maintenance of welfare facilities and arrangements;
  • Determining and implementing appropriate preventative and protective measures;
  • Taking account of the general principles of prevention
  • The provision of adequate emergency plans, procedures and measures;
  • Reporting prescribed accidents and dangerous occurrences to the Health & Safety Authority
  • Preventing any improper conduct or behaviour;
  • The design, provision and maintenance of a safe place of work, including safe means of access and egress;
  • The design, provision and maintenance of safe plant and machinery, articles and substances;
  • The provision of safe systems of work;
  • The provision of appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision;
  • Performance of ongoing hazard identification and risk assessments;
  • Uses of standards, codes of practice, guidelines, or industry practices;
  • Providing and maintaining suitable protective clothing and equipment;
  • Investigation of accidents and dangerous occurrences;
  • Obtaining, where necessary, the services of a competent person to advise on health and safety.

The detailed arrangements for achieving these objectives are set out in the Mater Private Corks Safety Statement.

JCI Accreditation

Joint Commission International (JCI) identifies, measures, and shares best practices in quality and patient safety with the world. They provide leadership and innovative solutions to help healthcare organisations across all settings improve performance and outcomes.

JCI's on-site evaluation of Mater Private Hospital Cork was conducted by a team of international healthcare experts.

"Healthcare organisations around the world want to create environments that focus on quality, safety and continuous improvement," says Paula Wilson, president and chief executive offier, JCI. 

"Accreditation meets this demand by stimulating continuous, systematic improvements in an organisation's performance and the outcomes of patient care. The community should be proud that Mater Private Hospital Cork has made a commitment to quality and safety."

"We sought accreditation because we want to provide the best care possible for our patients," says Marie Brennan, Quality and Risk Manager at Mater Private Hospital Cork.

"Earning accreditation from JCI is another step toward excellence".

Marie notes that accreditation is attainable only through collaboration among all staff members at the hospital. "Providing high quality care is a team effort and one that gives employees a feeling of prestige to work in an accredited organisation."

Standards focus on the areas that most directly impact patient care. These include both clinical care and organisational management standards, such as access to care, assessment of patients, infection control, patient and family rights, and education. Standards also address facility management and safety, staff qualifications, quality improvement and patient safety, organisational governance and leadership, and management of information and communications.