Country Court closes nursing service at care home after Inadequate rating

Priory Court

Country Court has announced the closure of nursing services at a Somerset care home after it was rated Inadequate.

Priory Court Care and Nursing Home in Burnham-on-Sea was rated Inadequate following an inspection in July.

The provider said that following a review of the report and the long-term sustainability of nursing care in the home, it had taken the “difficult decision” to close the nursing beds in order to make the required improvements and focus on providing the best possible residential care.

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“The standards at Priory Court were not at the high levels we demand in our care homes,” said Operations Director Helen Richmond.

“We took immediate action on the concerns raised and feel it is necessary to make some big changes to ensure we can offer the right care for our residents. We will be continuing to work alongside families, residents and CQC to ensure Priory Court returns to its previous excellent level of care.”

Home manager Vicki Clist said staff shortages had had a “knock on effect” on other parts of the running of the home at the time of inspection.

“We have worked hard to improve this, as the welfare and wellbeing of our residents remain our priority,” Vicki said.

“We are confident that the urgent and necessary improvements required are already underway.”

Somerset County Council said it was working with the CQC and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group to find alternative nursing care for local authority residents and offer advice to privately funded residents.

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