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Two Sussex Health Care homes remain in special measures

The Laurels

Two Sussex Health Care (SHC) homes remain in special measures after being rated inadequate by the CQC.

The Laurels and Orchard Lodge in Horsham were last inspected by the regulator in May 2020 and November 2019, respectively. SHC remains the subject of a police investigation into the deaths of 11 residents.

The investigation initially covered 13 deaths but two of the cases being investigated were closed in July due to insufficient evidence.

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Inspectors found two continued breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 at The Laurels in relation to safe care and treatment, and good governance. A further breach in the Act was identified in relation to safeguarding people from abuse.

The Laurels was providing nursing and personal care for nine people and younger adults with learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder and physical disabilities at the time of inspection.

A number of further breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 were identified at Orchard Lodge, regarding person centred care, dignity and respect, safe care and treatment, consent, safeguarding people from abuse, good governance and staffing, and failing to notify the CQC of incidents.

Fourteen younger adults with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorder and physical disabilities were using the service at the time of inspection.

Conditions have been placed on the continued registration of both homes requiring the submission of monthly reports detailing actions taken to address serious care concerns.

An SHC spokesperson said: “Like all good quality and responsible care providers, we strive to improve all the time, and we will continue to do so. Since these inspections took place –one of which was nearly a year ago – we have enhanced the support we deliver, ensuring our residents live in a safe and caring environment.

“Most recently, this has been exemplified by the hard work and professionalism of our staff teams during the COVID pandemic, whose efforts and actions meant that every resident with us at these homes was safe during this difficult time. We are pleased to continue to receive very positive independent feedback from the families and friends of those who use the services.”

Tags : ComplianceCQCInadequateSpecial MeasuresSussex Health Care
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