A Bradford nursing home operator and its former manager have been ordered to pay fines and cost totalling £45,695 for failing to provide safe care and treatment.
Sherrington Nursing Home, which is operated by Lister House Limited, and registered manager Catherine Carpenter pleaded guilty to the offence which resulted in avoidable harm to Mrs Morag ‘Ruby’ Wardman.
Sue Howard, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said: “Prior to Ruby staying in the home we had concerns over the care being provided, including the care of pressure areas. As a provider and registered manager, Lister House Limited and Catherine Carpenter, had a legal duty to ensure care and treatment was provided in a safe way.
“We found there was a lack of attention, appropriate management and understanding of responsibilities which led to this very unfortunate situation. It is an incident which need not have happened. We appreciate how distressing this has been for the family and friends involved and offer our condolences.
“Where we identify poor care, we will always consider using our enforcement powers to hold providers to account as we have done in this case.”
Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that the home was aware of Ruby’s vulnerability to developing pressures sore but failed to administer additional checks or cleaning of a sore that had been identified by a district nurse prior to her admission in December 2015.
The sore was allowed to develop into irreversible skin damage which led to Ruby’s worsening health and ultimately to her death.
Lister House Limited was fined £40,000 for failing in its duty to provide safe care and treatment to Mrs Wardman and ordered to pay £4,000 towards the cost of the prosecution and a £120 victim surcharge.
Catherine Carpenter was fined £750 for failing in her duty to provide safe care and treatment to the residents of Sherrington House Nursing Home and ordered to pay £750 towards the cost of the prosecution and a £75 victim surcharge.