A Scottish care home that suffered a significant COVID-19 outbreak has been rated ‘weak’ in four areas by the Care Inspectorate.
Braemount Nursing Home, which is run by Advinia Health Care, was rated weak in the areas of care and support during the pandemic, people’s health and well-being, infection prevention and control practices, and staffing arrangements. The home suffered 18 COVID-related deaths during the pandemic but currently has no COVID positive residents.
The inspection, which was carried out on 24 November, featured in a report sent to the Scottish government this month.
The report expressed “serious concerns” over the cleanliness of the environment and equipment used by residents.
While staff were found to be “knowledgeable and informed” about COVID-19 and current guidelines, guidance was not always followed on hand hygiene and PPE.
An Advinia spokesperson said it had “immediately implemented a detailed action plan” to remedy infection control concerns, including the introduction of professional deep cleaning teams, strengthened infection control protocols, supplementary training around the correct use of PPE and new senior leadership at the home.
Additionally, Advinia said it continued to follow well-established infection control protocols, including proper hand-washing techniques and social distancing and had a “plentiful supply” of appropriate PPE.
Advinia added: “We continue to work closely with the local Health and Social Care Partnership, Health Protection Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, who have since confirmed they are encouraged by the improvements that have been made at the home.”