St James's Hospital aims to provide care that is safe, effective and accessible so that our patients achieve the best possible outcomes.
We achieve this by keeping the patient at the centre of everything we do and by recognising that we are all individually and collectively responsible for the safety and quality of care we provide.
The Quality and Safety Improvement objectives include:
The Quality and Safety Improvement Directorate's (QSID) purpose is to lead and support the work of quality and safety improvement across St James’s Hospital.
The core work of the QSID includes:
Continuous quality improvement
It is the aim of St James’s Hospital to meet the needs of all our patients and their families. We believe that it is important for patients and their families to give their opinion about the services they receive. We will use your feedback to continue doing what we do well, and to make improvements where recommended.
The hospital’s current priority is the safe and effective management of the COVID-19 emergency for our patients and staff. For that reason, the hospital’s patient feedback services are disrupted; we ask for your patience and cooperation in the following ways:
Please be aware that the review of your complaint is likely to be delayed and you may not receive a response from the hospital for some time.
Please read the hospital’s Patient Feedback information. This section provides advice on the information that you should provide to us if making a complaint and how your complaint will be managed.
Contacting the Patient Experience Office
Due to visiting restrictions, any person who wants to give feedback or make a complaint may to do so by contacting the Patient Experience Office team by telephone, email or letter using the contact information below. Do not come in person to the Patient Experience Office.
The Complaints Officer
Patient Experience Office
Quality and Safety Improvement
St James's Hospital
The QSID team provides the death notification form to the families and next of kin of deceased patients.
To get the death notification form for your family member, please contact the Quality and Safety Improvement office by phone on (01) 416 2674.
Once the Death Notification Form has been completed for your relative, we will arrange for it to be posted to the deceased patients named contact by registered post. We can also provide further information for you on the death registration process which is in place for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it will not be possible to attend our office or the Civil Registration Office in person. Applications can be made to officially register a death or purchase a death certificate via phone, email or post.
Please click here to find your local Civil Registration Office.
The death must be registered by a spouse or blood relative within a three month timeframe. The death certificate costs €20.00 per copy and €1.00 for copies for social welfare purposes. For more information, log on to www.hse.ie.
The Patient Safety team routinely processes and reviews patient safety incident reports and where appropriate, uses this information to identify actions the hospital can take to reduce risks. Where indicated, the team, who are all trained in the methodology frameworks for conducting reviews, will facilitate patient safety reviews. These reviews are conducted in line with national policy and seek to understand the circumstances where an unexpected event occurred in an open and transparent patient safety culture.
The Patient Safety team is available to listen to and engage with both patients and services to improve the design, planning and delivery of care.
Contacting the Patient Safety Office:
If you have a concern for your own or a patient’s safety, we encourage you to speak directly with the local manager or clinical team in the first instance.