Calls for inquiry into care home death

Calls have been made for an inquiry into Woodbine Manor care home in Bognor Regis after an elderly woman died covered in unexplained cuts and bruises.

Pamela Matthews, 85, who was living with dementia, died in hospital after spending a month at the home, the Metro reported.

Amanda Stride, head of inspection for adult social care at the CQC, said: “CQC can confirm inspectors are currently inspecting Woodbine Manor Care Home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, as a result of information of concern raised to us.

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“A report detailing the findings of our most recent inspection will be published in due course. Our first concern is the welfare of the people who have been living at Woodbine Manor Care Home.

“We are satisfied that the local authority and safeguarding teams have acted in conjunction with the provider to ensure the safety of people living there.”

Woodbine Manor was rated ‘requires improvement’ by the CQC in its last inspection in May.

When paramedics were called to the home in July 2016 they found Ms Matthews covered in cuts and bruises which her family claimed had not been recorded by staff.

Woodbine Manor said: “The case went to safeguarding and it is private and confidential. We have followed all the recommendations and it was all dealt with. We are not prepared to comment on it as it is private and confidential.”

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