HC-One unit quarantined following infection outbreak

An HC-One nursing home has been quarantined following the outbreak of a diarrhoea and vomiting virus. 

A unit of Beechcroft Nursing and Residential Home in Runcorn, Cheshire has been shut down and family members told to stay away while the outbreak is dealt with.

An HC-One spokesperson said: “Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety and wellbeing of the people we support.

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“Following the outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting, the home took the appropriate precautions and followed the correct procedures, closing the affected unit and asking family members not to come into the unit if possible while staff worked with the relevant authorities to ensure that residents receive the care and treatment they require.

“First and foremost our priority is to ensure the comfort and health of residents. We are supporting our staff and will provide all relatives with regular updates.”

Beechcroft, which was formerly operated by Southern Cross, was rated Requires Improvement by the CQC following its last inspection in January.

Halton Borough Council had put the home on an improvement plan and suspended placements before the inspection.

As a result of these concerns HC-One set up a project plan to improve the service, which included appointing a project manager to oversee the process and a turnaround manager to work with and support the registered manager.

CQC inspectors found a number of breaches of Health and Social Care Act 2008 regulations and requested HC-One to report on remedial actions.

To read the report, click here.

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