Chester-le-Street care home remains in special measures following inspection

St Mary’s Care Home in Chester-le-Street, County Durham remains in special measures following an unannounced inspection.

The home, which provides accommodation for people requiring nursing or personal care, was rated Inadequate following an inspection over four days in May and June.

The full report can be found here.

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Debbie Westhead, deputy chief inspector of Adult Social Care in the North, said: “We found the care provided at St Mary’s Care Home fell a long way short of the standards we expect services to provide. We are deeply concerned that despite a number of requirements for improvement made during our last inspection, these had not been acted upon, placing people at risk of harm, and continuing to let people down. This must not continue.

“We are now taking further action to protect people and we will report on this when the legal process is complete. In the meantime we will continue to work with Durham County Council ensure that people are safe and get the services they need.”

The latest inspection found St Mary’s had not taken the necessary action and continued to be in breach of regulations after inspectors previously found that the home had not followed nutritional requirements.

Staff were not aware what snacks were available for people who were diabetic and inspectors also found medication administration records had not been completed. Inspectors also found inadequate supervision of residents.

 

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