May 25, 2022


Come Home To Quality

Families’ concern as west Belfast care home residents moved to allow fire safety work

UP to 46 elderly inhabitants of a care household in west Belfast are currently being pressured to move from the facility just after fire security challenges have been noticed through an audit.

The Springfield Street facility, operated by the Care Circle Group, residences is owing to shut today.

The closure was ordered subsequent a protection assessment at the creating by the NI Hearth and Rescue Services (NIFRS), and it is estimated the do the job could get months to be accomplished.

In a joint statement to the Irish News, the Belfast rely on, the South Eastern have confidence in and the Regulation and Top quality Advancement Authority (RQIA) reported the recent evaluation identified fireplace safety considerations, main to a Prohibition Discover currently being issued that demands all people to be moved.

“We fully grasp the impact this will have on the inhabitants and their households but the protection of every single resident is of paramount importance,” the assertion said.

“The management of Glenalina Lodge is functioning in partnership with Belfast Belief, South Eastern Trust and RQIA to guarantee safe and sound, different lodging is discovered for all all those presently residing at this property. To mitigate the present-day hazards, arrangements have been set in position at the dwelling with the agreement of NIFRS and RQIA, which contains the existence of hearth security wardens on a 24 hour basis.”

West Belfast Sinn Féin Stormont prospect Aisling Reilly reported represenatives experienced been doing the job with people “to ensure that their loved kinds are positioned in choice lodging that fulfills their demands and is nearby”.

“We have also been contacted by workers who operate in Glenalina Lodge who are fearful about this non permanent closure and if this will have an impression on their position security,” she stated.

“The security of the people and personnel of Glenalina Lodge is paramount and we hope that these performs will choose area in considerably less than the two months predicted so that absolutely everyone can get back again to their common surroundings and position of function.”

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