A police investigation has been launched into a care home that closed last month after a coronavirus outbreak.
The police probe follows the announcement of the home’s temporary closure last month by operator Amicura, part of the Minster Care Group, after five confirmed and seven suspected COVID-19-related deaths.
A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police said: “Northamptonshire Police is aware of the recent issues relating to Temple Court Care Home in Kettering.
“We are working with the Safeguarding Adults Team at Northamptonshire County Council to investigate these further.
“We are aware that some residents died as a result of COVID-19 related illness and this will now be a factor in the wider investigation.”
The investigation is being carried out in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council.
A spokesperson for NHS Northamptonshire CCG and Northamptonshire County Council said: “As in all cases where concerns are raised about quality of care provision, our first priority is the wellbeing of residents.
“All residents of Temple Court residential and nursing care home have now been moved to new placements elsewhere to ensure that no one is at risk, and in line with our standard practice a multi-agency investigation has begun into the issues raised.
“With initial enquiries under way, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
A spokesperson for the CQC added: “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 that people who have used 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.”
Responding to the launch of the investigation, a spokesperson for Temple Court said: “The police are statutory members of adult safeguarding boards and it is routine practice to get in contact in cases such as this. We have been given no indication so far what they are investigating, but we will cooperate fully with their enquiries.
“Our priority has always been the wellbeing of our residents and giving them the best care possible. The home was left in an extremely challenging position after a sudden influx of residents from the NHS – some of whom had very complex needs – and a subsequent outbreak of COVID-19.
“A large number of staff, including the home manager and senior team, were absent due to the virus and we were left disproportionately reliant on the use of agency staff. After becoming overwhelmed, we worked closely with NENE CCG, the local authority and Care Quality Commission (CQC) to move them to settings that were not as compromised.”