Two nursing homes placed in special measures

Saltshouse Haven Residential and Nursing Home, Hull and Denison House Nursing Home in Selby have been rated ‘inadequate’ and placed in special measures following inspections in August and September.

Admissions have been suspended at Bupa’s Saltshouse Haven (pictured), which is registered to provide nursing and dementia care for 150 people, after an inspection of one of its five lodges raised concerns about the quality of care at the home.

Debbie Westhead, deputy chief inspector of adult social care in the North, said: “We found that inadequate staffing levels had negatively impacted the level of care people were receiving at Coniston Lodge specifically.

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“It was unacceptable that people had sustained injuries due to a number of poor moving and handling incidents. It was also very concerning that we had to prompt staff to take action regarding one person’s health needs.

“Some people had not received their medicines as prescribed due to stock control issues and errors in administration. We also saw an improper use of physical intervention for one person. This simply isn’t good enough.

“Although there were better levels of care provided on the residential care units, there were still things that needed to improve across the board. There were shortfalls in how the service was managed overall, and how care staff were supported to carry out their roles such as training and supervision.”

To read the full report, click here.

Denison House Nursing Home in Selby remains in special measures following an unannounced inspection in August.

Service provider Eldercare (Halifax) Limited has applied to the CQC to de-register its nursing care.

The home provides accommodation for up to 30 older people and people living with dementia.

Denison House was previously inspected in March after inspectors found several breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

Ms Westhead said: “Although there have been improvements since our last inspection, they have not been significant enough for us to be reassured that people living at Denison House Nursing Home are safe.

“We were concerned that staffing levels were not always sufficient enough to meet the needs of people who used the service.

“Although there were improvements in risk assessments being carried out, we saw examples on this visit where they were not followed, which placed two people living at Denison House Nursing Home at risk of harm.

“We are working with local partners including North Yorkshire Council to ensure the safety of people using this service”

To read the full report, click here.

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