Staff say PPE was ‘locked up’ at Inadequate rated care home


Staff at an Inadequate rated care home complained that PPE was “locked up” and they were only allowed to use one mask a day.

Stonesby House Ltd in Leicester was rated Inadequate for both safety and leadership following an inspection in October and November.

One staff member told inspectors: “The manager keeps questioning us why soap, gloves and masks are finished. They [meaning management] don’t care about us [staff] or the residents; only using up PPE and the cost to replace it.”

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Some staff members told the CQC that they had to purchase their own PPE to stay safe.

The CQC reported that the home had no specific areas for staff to put on and remove PPE and observed poor practice with staff wearing masks below their nose and some wearing non-medical fabric masks.

Paper towels, hand washing facilities and hand gels were not available throughout most of the service, the CQC said.

Wall mounted hand sanitisers and power towel dispenses were installed and PPE was made more accessible to staff by the provider on the day following inspection.

Staff also they were “fired” and “bullied” for raising concerns.

A Stonesby House spokesperson told the BBC: “We are very disappointed and upset with the inadequacy areas and are working very closely with our partners with an interest to put things right.

“Our priority is to make sure all the service users are safe, respected and looked after and we have introduced additional management to lead by example.”

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