Cornwall home with high number of deaths in special measures

A Cornwall care home with a “higher than expected number of deaths” has been put in special measures by the CQC.

The inspection of Sunningdale House in Perranporth at the end of March and beginning of April was carried out after a number of concerns were raised over care quality at the home.

The CQC said: “In February 2018 we received serious concerns from health and social care professionals about the care that people received.

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“The concerns were in relation to end of life planning, personal care needs not being met, medication, medical concerns not being escalated to health professionals in a timely manner, staffing levels, staff culture, infection control practices, lack of confidence in record keeping, and a higher than expected number of deaths. Due to these concerns we brought our inspection forward.”

The inspection revealed that people at the service were at risk of abuse or mistreatment because not all staff has recent relevant training.

People were also at risk of medication errors and cleanliness, infection control and hygiene standards were not being maintained at the service.

A police investigation was launched into safeguarding concerns at the home in April (see Police investigate Cornwall care home over safeguarding concerns).

A spokesperson for operator South West Care Homes told the BBC: “Sunningdale House is being refurbished. Its registration will be reclassified as ‘dormant’.

“We will continue to work with the CQC and the council to reassure them that Sunningdale House can provide the same high standards of care highlighted in previous inspections.”

There are currently no residents at the home and it will be inspected again within six months.

To read the inspection report, click here.

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