Cheshire care home rated Inadequate by CQC

Weston Park care home in Macclesfield, Cheshire has been rated Inadequate by the CQC following an inspection in October 2017.

The service, which provides residential and nursing care for up to 118 people, was rated inadequate for safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and well-led, and requires improvement for caring.

Inspectors found inadequate recruitment and staffing procedures at the service and a high reliance on agency workers.

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The CQC said medication administration at the service was inadequate. Inspectors found evidence that one resident had been given less than half their prescribed medicine.

Ros Sanderson, Head of Inspection, North East and Coast, said: “It is very disappointing to report that some of the shortfalls reported are having a detrimental effect on the safety and welfare of people. In the instance of one person not receiving their medication this is of great concern. We advised the service of our concerns immediately upon finding this information.”

Inspectors found that, while some progress had been made on meeting people’s nutritional needs, not enough improvement had been made.

The CQC said care planning was inadequate and the service was poorly led. Senior managers were not in the habit of reporting safeguarding incidents and a lack of effective governance meant risks were not always identified. Gaps in staff supervision, training and induction were also found.

The CQC said: “People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care, consequently Weston Park care home has been placed in special measures.

“We are currently considering our options and if not enough improvement is made, we will take action in line with our enforcement policy to begin the process of preventing the provider from operating this service.”

To read the report click here.

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