Residents put at unnecessary COVID risk at Blackburn care home

Springfield Care Home

A Blackburn care home put its residents at unnecessary risk by not having a system in place to check the COVID-19 status of visiting professionals, the CQC has found.

Springfield Care Home, which is operated by Four Seasons, was rated Requires Improvement by the CQC following an inspection in November.

During the inspection, which took place while there was a COVID-19 outbreak in the home, the CQC noted the provider had systems to ensure government requirements were in place regarding isolation, social distancing, cleaning and staff movement to reduce the risk of further spread of infection.

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However, the CQC noted the provider’s audit systems showed infection control measures in the home needed to be further improved.

The CQC added it was not “assured that the provider was preventing visitors from catching and spreading infections”.

While noting the provider’s failure to comply with requirements to have a system in place to check the vaccination status of visiting professionals on the first day of inspection, the CQC noted this had been rectified by the end of the day.

A Four Seasons spokesperson said: “Our teams continue to work hard to protect everyone in our homes while managing the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. We regret that Springfield Care Home has fallen below the standards that the CQC requires and that we expect, and have implemented a comprehensive action plan to address the areas noted in the report.

“We are pleased that the report recognised the positive feedback we receive from residents and relatives at the home, and continue to make the health and wellbeing of our residents our top priority.”

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