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CQC warns Brookside Care Home it needs to do more to protect the safety and welfare of people
2 October 2012
Regulator demands improvement by Derby care home.
The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to Brookside Care Home saying they must make improvements to standards of care or face further action.
The warning follows an unannounced visit by inspectors to the care home in Chestnut Grove, Borrowash, Derby, on 15 August, as part of a planned review of compliance.
Following the visit, inspectors found the owners of Brookside Care Home needed to make improvements in relation to the safety and suitability of premises.
- Inspectors noted that a telephone wire was stretched across a doorway, posing a trip hazard to residents and staff.
- Areas of the ceiling in one room were mouldy and the plaster was loose following a water leak. This could expose people to infection.
- The first floor bathroom had a hole in the ceiling and showed signs of long standing water damage.
- A toilet that was used regularly had no seat attached meaning people were placed at risk of injury or discomfort.
- A light switch in a corridor had exposed wires hanging out of it meaning people were at risk of electrocution.
Andrea Gordon, Deputy Director of Operations (central region) for CQC, said: "The law says these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect. Providers have a duty to ensure they are compliant.
“This warning sends a clear message that Brookside Care Home needs to address this issue or face further consequences.
“Our inspectors will return in the near future and if we find that the required progress is not made we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the people who use this service."
Brookside Care Home provides accommodation to up to 11 people who require nursing and personal care.
For further information please contact Helen Gildersleeve, regional communications officer, on 0191 233 3379 or the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.
Notes to editors
Details of the inspectors’ findings will be published on CQC’s website.
CQC has issued the warning notices to: Brookside Care Home requiring that action is taken to meet:
- Regulation 15, safety and suitability of premises, Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities), Regulations 2010.
Inspectors will carry out a further unannounced visit to assess whether the necessary improvements have been made.
If improvements are not made, 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.