A Surrey care home has been fined £80,000 after a 57-year-old man died after falling from a window while in their care.
St John’s Nursing Home in South Croydon pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment, resulting in avoidable harm to Stephen Verrall at Croydon Magistrates’ Court.
The home was also ordered to pay £3,474 in prosecution costs plus a £170 victim surcharge.
The court heard how Mr Verrall was found in the care park outside the home on 17 October 2017 after an unwitnessed fall from his bedroom.
Mr Verrall was attended to by paramedics and taken by ambulance to St George’s Hospital where he died two days later.
The window from which Mr Verrall fell was secured by a single metal chain attached by screws to an aluminium frame which had been in place for at least 15 years.
A health and safety consultant attended the home the day after the incident and advised that all window restrictors with chains were replaced as they were not strong enough. They were replaced in February 2018 with built-in window restrictors.
Neil Cox, CQC’s Head of Inspection for Adult Social Care, said: “This is a distressing case and our sympathies are with the family of Mr Verrall and those affected closely by his death.
“Where we find any provider has put people using its services at risk of harm, we take action to hold them to account and protect people.
“We hope this prosecution reminds care providers that they must always ensure people’s safety and manage risks to their wellbeing.”