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Sussex Health Care to close six learning disability care homes

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Sussex Health Care has announced the closure of six learning disability services due to care quality issues.

The care home provider has a number of Inadequate rated services and remains the subject of a police investigation into deaths at its homes.

Sussex Health Care said it was closing six Profound and Multiple Learning Disability (PMLD) services – Beech Lodge, Beechcroft, Kingsmead Lodge (pictured), Orchard Lodge, Wisteria Lodge and The Granary – with a combined 80 service users.

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A spokesperson said: “As an experienced care provider, Sussex Health Care has been fully committed to providing the best care possible for those we support, but we have been unable to move our complex Profound and Multiple Learning Disability services forward to a position where we provide consistent, high-quality care.

“The decision to close the services has been an incredibly difficult one. Many of the people we support have been with us for a very long time and the impact on them and their families has been our highest concern throughout. Our immediate priority is to ensure that those in our care are supported in their transition into appropriate alternative care. We will also be supporting our hard-working and dedicated staff through the service closure process.”

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “We have been informed by Sussex Health Care about their plans to close six care homes, including five in West Sussex.

“Together with the NHS, other funding agencies as well as Sussex Health Care we are supporting the residents and their families who are affected by the planned closures. This includes ensuring all residents are able to move to appropriate alternative accommodation.

“The welfare of residents remains our highest priority and any moves will be carried out safely and in line with COVID-19 guidance and restrictions.”

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