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CQC warns Archers Point Residential Home, Bromley, that it is failing to protect the safety and welfare of people
12 January 2012
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a formal warning to Archers Point Residential Home in Bromley, Kent, that it must make urgent improvements to standards of care provided.
A warning notice has been issued following an unannounced inspection of the home in November last year.
Inspectors found that arrangements for the recording, keeping, usage and disposal of medicines did not protect people living at the home against the risks associated with unsafe medicines management.
Inspectors identified that appropriate arrangements could not be evidenced for the safe storage and recording of details relating to medicines, including details of doses administered to people living at the home. Inspectors were also concerned that staff administering medicines had not been given appropriate training to perform that role.
Matthew Trainer, Deputy Director of CQC (London), said:
"The standards of quality and safety in care that CQC checks are those that the law says everyone should expect. These standards exist to protect vulnerable people – who cannot always speak up for themselves – from being put at risk of harm.
“Providers have a duty to make sure that the care they deliver meets the government’s essential standards. This warning sends a clear message that the issues at Archers Point Residential Home need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
“Our inspectors will return in the near future to carry out another unannounced inspection. If we find that the home is not making the required progress we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the people who live there."
For further information please contact the CQC press office on 0207 448 9239 or out of hours on 07917 232143.
Notes to editors
CQC will publish further details of the inspectors’ findings in a review of compliance on its website at a later date.
The warning notice finds that Archers Point Residential Home is in breach of:
- Regulation 13 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 (Outcome 9) Management of medicines
CQC has issued a warning notice which required the provider to take action to meet the regulatory requirements by 15 December 2011. If a warning notice is not complied with, CQC has a range of enforcement powers which include restricting the services that a provider can offer, or, in the most serious cases, suspending or cancelling a service. CQC can also issue financial penalty notices and cautions or prosecute the provider for failing to meet essential standards. Any regulatory decision that CQC takes is open to challenge by a registered person through a variety of internal and external appeal processes.