A Forfar nursing home has been rated ‘weak’ for infection control following an inspection by the Care Inspectorate.
Benholm Nursing Home, which is run by Four Seasons Healthcare, was also rated ‘adequate’ for staffing and safeguarding people’s health and wellbeing following an inspection on 26 March.
While noting that staff had established a “good routine” of regular cleaning, the Inspectorate said they had not had access to chlorine-based products, which meant that infection prevention and control were compromised.
Equipment was “generally clean” at the service but inspectors found some reusable pans were dirty and in one case stored on a shelf in a resident’s bathroom.
Noting that infection prevention and control audits were being undertaken, however, the regulator said they had not identified the level of unclean equipment.
The report added that laundry processes did not comply with safe practice with the same receptacles being used for both clean and dirty items.
The Care Inspectorate noted its concerns had been addressed after a follow up inspection, adding a robust audit was required to sustain improvement.
A Four Seasons spokesperson said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has 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 regret that Benholm Nursing Home has fallen below the standards that the Care Inspectorate requires and that we expect. Since the inspection we have been working to meet the areas for improvement identified in the report.
“We are pleased that the regulator recognised the many strengths of this home, including praising our highly skilled team members and their great efforts to keep residents engaged and supported throughout the pandemic and ensuring relatives were well informed. The safety and wellbeing of everyone in our homes is always our priority.”