Care home ordered to act over laundry cross-contamination risk


A Scottish care home has been ordered to review its infection control procedures by the Care Inspectorate.

An inspection of Four Seasons’ Craigieknowes Care Home in Perth in October raised concerns over laundry cross contamination.

The report said: “We found that the laundry system did not allow for a route of dirty to clean items entering and leaving the laundry area. Dirty laundry was being taken into the laundry at the point where the clean laundry was being prepared for its return to the resident. This area did not meet good practice in relation to preventing infection.”

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The service has been ordered to undertake a review of the infection control procedures to ensure that work practices reflect best practice guidance for the prevention of laundry infection by 14 January 2021.

Four Seasons was further ordered to ensure staff were provided with the necessary guidance and equipment to allow them to safely undertake their responsibilities in the control of infection.

A Four Seasons spokesperson said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has created immense challenges for all organisations in the health and social care sectors and we continue to strive every day to protect everyone in our homes.

“We regret that Craigieknowes Care Home has fallen below the standards that the Care Inspectorate requires and that we expect. We accept the areas for improvement identified in the report and since the inspection have been working to meet these. The report recognised the many strengths of this home and the positive impact this has on our residents and as ever their safety and wellbeing is our priority.”


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