Residents at a Dublin nursing home and apartment complex for women who are blind were "very distressed" and worried following the appointment of liquidators to the centre, according to a new report from the Health Information and Equality Authority.

HIQA said that on Friday, 24 July, the chief inspector was informed that the providers of St Mary's Centre (Telford) in Merrion Road, Dublin 4 sought, and had been granted, a High Court order for the appointment of interim liquidators to the company.

It said HIQA immediately sought assurances that there were adequate resources and staff in the centre for the weekend. It conducted an inspection four days later which focused on the impact for residents and the overall management of the centre.

Inspectors found that residents were very distressed and worried about their apartments.

They also found that the provider had not consulted with residents or given them information about the appointment of liquidators.

The report said a number of "non-compliances" were identified in areas such as oversight of the centre and fire evacuation arrangements.

HIQA required the liquidators to take "immediate action" in relation to areas of concern and said it continues to monitor this centre closely.

St Mary's is one of 17 inspection reports published today on designated centres for people with disabilities.

The report said good standards of support and care that met residents' needs was evident in 13 centres; however, there was non-compliance with regulations and standards in four centres.

Inspections in a St John of God Community Services centre and a Nua Healthcare Services Centre found safeguarding and compatibility issues were impacting on residents’ rights and quality of life.

In a second Nua Healthcare Services Centre, the inspector observed that the use of PPE was not in line with Covid-19 protection against infection control measures.