Enforcement action taken against ‘fire risk’ home

Enforcement action has been taken by the CQC against Harewood House in Scarborough after it failed to address fire risk concerns.

The home, which is run by TM & TR Ltd, was placed into Special Measures after being rated Inadequate for Safety and being Well-led.

Debbie Westhead, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the North, said: “Many of the breaches directly affected people’s safety, these need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

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During the February inspection, the CQC found a fire risk assessment had been completed but appropriate action had not been taken to address concerns raised by the fire authority.

There were no personal evacuation plans or smoke alarms in place where required, regular fire drills had not taken placed and fire alarm testing had not been recorded appropriately. A number of fire doors did not close correctly.

Inspectors also found that accidents and incidents had not been adequately recorded. There were no clear audit trails and the registered manager did not review accidents and incidents.

The service was placed in Special Measures following an inspection in August 2016 which identified regulation breaches.

The CQC said it was working with partners including North Yorkshire County Council to ensure the safety of residents.

To read the report, click here.



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