‘Very poor’ nursing home remains in special measures


Donisthorpe Hall nursing home in Leeds has been rated ‘inadequate’ and remains in special measures following an inspection by the CQC.

An inspection in August and September found the home was failing to provide care which was safe, effective, caring, responsive or well-led.

Debbie Westhead, deputy chief inspector for adult social care in the north, said: “The care provided at Donisthorpe Hall was of a very poor standard. There has been little progress from previous inspections, earlier this year and last year. At this inspection we found an additional breach in respect of failing to meet nutritional needs. This represents very poor progress and I am very concerned.

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“The provider has a number of issues it must address. For example, we found supplies of blood testing equipment that were out of date and unfit for use along with dressings, medicines and equipment for people who were no longer living in the home. A nurse confirmed that blood glucose test strips (for testing sugar levels in diabetes) that had been used that day were past their expiry date. Using out of date test strips may give incorrect results and lead to people receiving incorrect treatment.”

Donisthorpe was previously rated inadequate following inspections in June 2015 and March 2016.

The home had made improvements in one area – it had better arrangements to support staff.

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