Runwood Homes fails in bid to halt home closure

Runwood Homes has failed in its bid to halt the closure of a home described by regulators as posing a “serious risk to life”.

Ashbrooke Care Home in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland was shut down in August last year by The Regulations and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) following an inspection that found dirty facilities with a “strong odour of faeces and urine” (see Runwood Homes closes due to ‘serious risk to life’).

A Runwood Homes spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph: “We can confirm we have withdrawn our appeal. We are now considering options for the future of the facility which will best serve the needs of older people in the wider town and county area.”

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The closure of the service, which at the time was caring for 40 residents, was the first time the regulator had shut down a home since its formation in 2005.

Ashbrooke was one of three homes acquired by Runwood Homes in 2016 (see Runwood Homes to create 45 jobs in Northern Ireland).

A RQIA spokesperson said: “In late August 2017, Ashbrooke Care Home in Enniskillen was closed, due to systemic care failings identified by RQIA inspectors, and serious concerns in relation to the management of the home.  In September 2017, Runwood Homes Ltd challenged this decision through the Care Tribunal, part of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Services.

“Earlier this month, Runwood Homes withdrew its appeal, and on 13 April 2018, the Chairman of the Care Tribunal dismissed these proceedings.

“RQIA welcomes this decision, as everyone living in a nursing or residential care home is entitled to the highest standard of care, and our key priority is the ongoing safety and wellbeing of everyone living in care homes across Northern Ireland.”

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