Nursing shortages force closure of Greater Manchester home

Nursing and funding shortages have forced the closure of a home in Greater Manchester.

Swinton Hall Nursing Home in Salford, which is owned by Ampersand Care, was rated Requires Improvement on its last inspection by the CQC in June 2017.

Operations Director Umi Barwell told the Manchester Evening News: “It is with great sadness we have had to take a decision to cancel our registration with CQC.

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“The current climate of nursing shortages coupled with having to rely on a constant turnover of short-term agency staff and the stresses in the social care funding, have unfortunately contributed to our decision.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, the company has worked very hard to maintain standards of care and financial viability despite these stresses, but unfortunately this has become increasingly difficult and we are unable to continue with operation of the home.”

Ms Barwell said Ampersand Care was working with Salford’s CCG, the social services and the North West Ambulance Service to find alternative accommodation for residents.

A spokesperson for the CQC said: “The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently inspected Swinton Hall Nursing Home Limited, Greater Manchester and found serious concerns.

“Whilst considering the appropriate enforcement action, the provider told the CQC they have decided to close the home. Staff, residents and families have been told and the CQC is working closely with Salford City Council to ensure the safety of people using these services.

“At a previous inspection in June 2017, the home was rated as Requires Improvement, that report can be viewed here http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-143705013.

“The report from our most recent inspection will be published in due course.”

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