A nurse has said she was horrified by conditions at a care home where three elderly people died.

Kristina Parsons walked out after spending just four hours at Sowerby House in North Yorkshire after seeing a man covered in urine and hundreds of ants crawling on a bedside table.

Ms Parsons said: “It was horrific. I have been a nurse for 25 years and the conditions were the worst I’ve ever seen.”

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The nurse was giving evidence at the inquest into the deaths of Albert Pooley, 89, James Metcalfe, 85, and Harry Kilvington, 85, who all passed away within 12 months.

Mr Pooley’s family said that he had lost around three stone during his five month stay at the home.

The inquest heard Mr Pooley had shown signs of dehydration and was emaciated but there was no proof that neglect had led to his death.

The 89-year-old died from a combination of causes, including pneumonia, heart disease and a urinary infection.

Sowerby House was rated ‘inadequate’ by the CQC in December 2016 following an inspection prompted by concerns over the deaths (see Home placed in special measures following deaths).

Inspectors found six breaches of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 relating to the safe delivery of care and treatment, nutritional and hydration needs, consent, safeguarding, staffing and the overall oversight and governance of the service.

To read the report, click here.

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