A Runwood Homes service in Northern Ireland has been shut down by regulators due to a “serious risk to life”.
The Regulations and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) took the unprecedented action after inspecting Ashbrooke Care Home in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, the BBC reported.
Inspectors reported dirty facilities and a “strong odour of faeces and urine” at the home of 40 residents.
RQIA CEO Olive Macleod said it was the first time the regulator had shut down a home since its formation in 2005.
Runwood Homes said it had been given no warning of the action by the regulator.
It added a previous inspection in May this year had found evidence of safe delivery of care and had resulted in no enforcement action.
The statement added: “There has not, therefore, been any opportunity for Runwood staff to engage with RQIA to address any concerns that they had with regard to the running of Ashbrooke Care Home.
“Runwood are currently working very closely with the Western Health and Social Care Trust and other stakeholders to ensure that care delivery is provided in a person-centred and safe manner throughout this difficult time for Ashbrooke Care Home.
“Ensuring that residents of Ashbrooke Care Home receive high quality nursing and residential care is of upmost importance to us.”