Families request broadening of care home police probe

Beech Lodge

The families of two men who suffered broken legs at a Sussex Health Care (SHC) care home have asked for their cases to be included in a police probe.

Matthew Bates and Gary Lewis suffered fractured thighs at Beech Lodge in 2015 but are not included in the current investigation into complaints over the care of 43 people, including 12 of whom had since died, at SHC services (see Probe widened into Sussex Health Care deaths).

A Sussex Police spokesperson commented: “Sussex Police did carry out an investigation at the time and following a full investigation no criminal charges were brought in relation to their cases.”

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A spokesperson for SHC said: “Beech Lodge supports people with complex needs, including physical conditions such as osteoporosis, which can make bones very brittle.  Both cases were subject to comprehensive safeguarding investigations at the time, involving the county and the police.

“We cooperated fully with those investigations, which found no evidence of poor handling or any other wrongdoing.  Shortly afterwards, the independent care regulator, the CQC, carried out an inspection of all aspects of the home’s operation and gave it a Good rating.

“The CQC re-inspected Beech Lodge in the summer of 2017. The report from that inspection maintains that Good rating, reflecting the high standards of care and support provided at the home.”

West Sussex County Council’s Safeguarding Adults Board is undertaking a Safeguarding Adult Review into the cases of the two men and is due to report its findings later this year.

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