The first care home closures have been reported as providers face the mounting impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Residents at Friary Lodge in Whetstone, North London and Temple Court in Kettering, Northamptonshire (pictured) have been found alternative accommodation following outbreaks of the virus.
Management at Friary Lodge issued a letter to residents informing them of the home’s temporary closure because of “ongoing staffing issues and operational difficulties due to COVID-19”.
A Barnet Council spokesman told CHP the home’s three remaining residents were moved to a nearby home earlier this week.
Meanwhile, new placements have been found for residents at Temple Court residential and nursing home in Kettering following a COVID-19 outbreak that has claimed up to 11 residents’ lives.
A spokesperson for the home said it was being forced to close temporarily due to a large number of staff absences and a reliance on agency workers, combined with a sudden influx of residents to support the NHS, which had affected the quality of care and governance at the home.
A spokesperson for NHS Northamptonshire CCG and Northamptonshire County Council said: “Following concerns raised about the quality and safety of care provided by Temple Court residential and nursing care home, we have taken swift action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents.
“A decision has been taken to move all residents out of the care home into new placements this week. We are keeping residents and families fully informed and involved in the steps being taken.”
A CQC spokesperson told CHP: “CQC inspectors visited Temple Court, Kettering, after we became aware of issues which could affect people’s safety.
“We are working with the local authority and clinical commissioning group to ensure people using this service receive safe and effective care and treatment.
“Inspectors’ findings and details of any action will be published as soon as possible. All CQC action is open to appeal.”
The developments came after a survey by the National Care Association (NCA) this week revealed that three out of four care providers feared going out of business as a result of the pandemic.