An Essex nursing home where a resident was injured by a freestanding wardrobe which fell and injured them has been told to improve by the CQC.
The “serious incident” took place one week prior to the inspection of Brooklands Nursing Home in Leigh on Sea in June.
The incident, which the CQC said could have been avoided, resulted in the resident sustaining extensive bruising and skin tears to both arms.
In its report, the CQC said the provider and manager of the home had been aware in April and May that freestanding wardrobes needed to be secured to ensure people’s safety. The CQC added the provider and manager had confirmed they had read information on its website relating to the risks posed by freestanding wardrobes and actions needed to be taken to keep people safe.
The CQC added that brackets bought to secure the wardrobes were not suitable and had resulted in significant delay to making them safe for people using the service.
It said 12 wardrobes had not been secured to the wall during the time of its inspection on 10 June but that immediate action had been taken to make them safe following discussion with inspectors.
Registered manager Ambhichand Dumur told the Basildon Southend Convey Echo that the home was working with the council and CQC to address issues raised in the report.