A nursing home in Cork has been advised for a second time not to admit any new residents.

The Rochestown Nursing Home is described in a report by HIQA as having a history of non-compliance with regulations, which ensure that older people living in nursing homes are safe and well looked after.

In its latest inspection, three out of seven areas were found to have major non-compliance.

When inspectors visited in October 2017 there was no electricity because of a storm and there was no generator to maintain essential services.

HIQA deemed this a risk to residents because there was no heating in the centre, no lights with the exception of tea lights and torches, and residents had to get ready for bed with only the use of a torch.

Call bells were not working and essential equipment like nebulisers were not working.

Magnetic doors were not locked, increasing the risk of absconsion.

Infection control was also of concern for inspectors, because maintaining good hygiene with poor lighting would be difficult.

A previous inspection found unsatisfactory practices in the recruitment of staff, and in the latest report found that recruitment practices continue to be unsafe.

One staff member was working without appropriate vetting and references had not been secured for another employee. A number of staff had not received fire training.

This inspection report is one of 16 published today.

HIQA inspectors have found evidence non-compliance in seven residential centres for older people.