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CQC warns Four Seasons Health Care (England) Limited that it is failing to protect the safety and welfare of people
6 March 2012
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a formal warning to Four Seasons Health Care (England) Limited that it must make urgent improvements to standards of care provided at a nursing home in Wimbledon, south west London.
A warning notice has been issued following an unannounced inspection of Park Lodge Care Home in February.
Inspectors found that appropriate arrangements had not been made to protect people living at the home against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines.
Inspectors identified that medicines were not always being stored safely. A medicine trolley had been left in a corridor used by people living at the home and visitors. The trolley could not clearly be seen by staff. The keys had been left in the lock and there was medicine on top of the trolley. Records indicated that a person who was allergic to penicillin had been given a medicine which contained penicillin.
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 and treatment they deliver meets the essential standards that everyone is legally entitled to expect. This warning sends a clear message that the issues at Park Lodge Care Home need to be addressed as a matter of priority.
“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 notices find that Four Seasons Health Care (England) Limited 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 29 February 2012. 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.