Lack of demand forces Bupa care home closure

Bupa has announced the closure of Anglesea Heights care home in Ipswich due to a lack of demand.

The 120 bed home, which provides care for the elderly, including those living with dementia, is currently running with only around 40 residents.

Barry Yarnley, Managing Director for Bupa Care Homes, said: “It’s with regret that we’re announcing the closure of Anglesea Heights care home, due to a lack of local demand.

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“Our residents’ wellbeing remains our top priority, which is why we’re working closely with the local authority and NHS partners to help find new homes for all our residents. Anglesea Heights will remain open until then.”

The home was rated Requires Improvement by the CQC following its last inspection in January 2017.

Anglesea, which provides a wide range of nursing and dementia care, is split into four houses, one of which was empty at the time of its last inspection due to staff shortages.

Admissions to one of the three occupied houses has been suspended by the CQC due to a “lack of stable management and oversight”.

Inspectors also found ongoing issues with medicines management. The CQC highlighted issues with the safe management of crushed medicines and medicine administration, including inconsistent records keeping, which had led to one person missing their medicine.

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