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CQC warns Gainford Care Homes that they must make improvements

16 October 2013
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16 October 2013

CQC warns provider that it must make improvements

When the Care Quality Commission visited Lindisfarne Hartlepool unannounced on 14 August 2013, we found that the service was failing to meet the national standards that people should be able to expect.

As a result, CQC has issued a formal warning to Gainford Care Homes telling them that they must improve in the following areas by 14 October 2013:

  • Management of Medicines: The registered person must protect service users against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines, by means of the making of appropriate arrangements for the obtaining, recording, handling, using, safe keeping, dispensing, safe administration and disposal of medicines used for the purposes of the regulated activity.

CQC inspectors will return unannounced in due course to check whether the required improvements have been made. For more details of the findings from the inspection in August 2013. Read the full report here.

If the required improvements are not made within the set timescale, 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 national standards.