An Edinburgh care home that suffered 13 COVID-19 related deaths at the height of the pandemic has been rated ‘unsatisfactory’ for infection control by the Care Inspectorate.
The rating was issued for Four Seasons’ Guthrie House in the latest fortnightly report by the regulator to the Scottish Parliament.
The 88-bed home was issued with a serious letter of concern by the regulator on 1 September and received a further visit from inspectors on 3 September.
In its report to Parliament, the Care Inspectorate said: “There were serious concerns relating to the cleanliness of the furnishings and equipment used to support people. Staff were not fully complying with current guidance on infection prevention and control and did not fully understand safe practices with regards to PPE.”
While noting that attempts had been made to address concerns and make improvements, the regulator said these were “not sufficient”, adding it would make a further visit to monitor progress.
A Four Seasons spokesperson said: “The COVID-19 pandemic quickly 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 deeply regret that Guthrie House care home has fallen below the standards that the Care Inspectorate requires and that we expect.
“Since the inspection, we have put in place a comprehensive action plan and are fully supporting the home to ensure this is delivered. Our colleagues are working tirelessly on the frontline to care for our residents under difficult circumstances and we will continue to put all our resources and energy into supporting and protecting everyone in our homes.”