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Nursing home fined £66,000 after resident attacked

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A Warwickshire nursing home has been fined £66,000 after a woman was attacked by a fellow resident.

Oldbury Grange Nursing Home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and more than £15,000 in costs to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which brought the prosecution at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that the female resident was attacked on 11 November 2017 by someone with known mental health issues within hours of them being admitted to the home.

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The resident suffered a head injury as a result of the attack and sadly died on 23 January 2018.

Oldbury Grange, which closed on November 2021, was found to have not had adequate systems and processes in place for assessing new admissions and failed to carry out proper checks to mitigate risks to that person or others.

The CQC also prosecuted the provider for another incident concerning a male resident who had a catheter fitted with a history of complications. He became unwell for several days and was subsequently admitted to hospital on 25 December 2018 and died on the following day.

Oldbury Grange Nursing Home Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment resulting in a female resident being caused avoidable harm and to a further offence of failing to provide safe care and treatment exposing a male resident to significant risk of avoidable harm.

Amanda Lyndon, CQC head of adult social care inspection, said: “Two residents at Oldbury Grange Nursing Home were catastrophically let down by the care provider’s poor systems and processes. CQC expects all residents to receive care and treatment in a safe way.

“Oldbury Grange Nursing Home Ltd failed in its specific legal duty to protect residents from being exposed to a significant risk of harm, which is why they have been fined £66,000.

“This prosecution reminds all care providers they must always ensure people’s safety and manage risks to their wellbeing.

“The majority of care providers do an excellent job but when they don’t, we can and will take action to hold it to account and protect people.”

 

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