Care home that ‘smelt offensive’ to inspectors to go under the hammer

A care home that rated ‘inadequate’ across the board by the CQC and urgently shutdown has been listed for auction on Rightmove and will go under the hammer tomorrow.

Birmingham-based Orchard Manor’s most recent CQC inspection, which marked the C&V Orchard Manor Limited in the lowest category for all five sections, resulted in the facility being thrown into special measures.

The initial report stated: “The home was dirty and smelt offensive. The systems in place to ensure good infection control and prevention and the cleanliness of the environment were not adequate. Infection control practices were reviewed by an infection control nurse and found to be unacceptable. There were insufficient staff numbers available to meet people’s needs safely and in a timely manner. We could not be confident people always received their medicines as prescribed.”

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While the CQC placed Orchard Manor into special measures, it then took ‘urgent action’ to cancel the provider’s registration and remove residents from the home.

The now vacant 34-bed property has been listed on property website Rightmove to go under the hammer in an auction tomorrow, Wednesday 14 February.

The advert states: “The property may be suitable for continued use as a care home or may be suitable for a variety of uses including the potential to create a large family home, conversion to self-contained flats, HMO living accommodation (subject to receiving the necessary planning consent from Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council).”

The property is listed with a guide price of between £720,000 and £770,000.

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