Regulator reports lack of progress at care home with high COVID deaths


A care home that has suffered a high number of COVID-19 deaths has failed to make “required progress”, according to the Care Inspectorate.

Advinia Health Care’s Rutherglen Care Home in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, which provides care for 225 people, was rated ‘weak’ in the four areas of: care and support during the pandemic; people’s health and well-being; infection prevention and control; and staffing arrangements, following inspections that were reported to the Scottish Parliament on 7 July.

The home was issued with an Improvement Notice on 30 June after previously having made improvements following a ‘letter of serious concern’.

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The service had the second most COVID-19 related deaths amongst care homes in Scotland as of 31 March 2021.

In its latest findings, the Care Inspectorate said: “There was a lack of required progress in addressing the key areas identified for improvement, including meaningful activity, staffing levels, effective management and leadership, and monitoring of people’s wellbeing including falls prevention.”

A spokesperson for the home told CHP: “The safety and wellbeing of our residents continues to remain our highest priority at all times.

“Our dedicated colleagues have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to provide the best care for our residents, in incredibly challenging circumstances.

“As a provider of high-quality, truly personalised care, we have already taken multiple actions to ensure that we are compliant with the Care Inspectorate when they reassess the home in the coming weeks.

“The team have conducted a full review of our quality assurance processes, our risk assessment systems and our comprehensive infection control protocols. We have also undertaken a full audit of all residents’ personalised care plans.

“We are now continuing to work closely with the Care Inspectorate, and South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership, as we implement our detailed action plan to make sustained further improvements at the home in the interests of all residents.”

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