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CQC warns Holmfield Nursing home it needs to do more to protect the safety and welfare of people
2 May 2012
Regulator demands improvement by Nuneaton care home owner.
The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to the owners of Holmfield Nursing 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 Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, on 23 March.
During this visit, inspectors found the owners of the home needed to make improvements in relation to the management of medicines.
- During the inspection the medicines storage room and the fridge used for storing medication were found to have been left unlocked and medicines were left unattended in a lounge.
- Leaving medicines unattended in a communal area posed a risk of people who should not be able to access medication being able to do so.
- One nurse was seen to sign off medicines as having been administered prior to people being given them.
- Two people were found not to have received their medication as it was unavailable.
- Inspectors found there was a lack of systems to ensure people were given their medicines safely. This meant there was an increased risk of medicine errors.
Andrea Gordon, Deputy Director of Operations (regions), 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 the owners of Holmfield Nursing 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."
Holmfield Nursing Home provides nursing care for up to 22 elderly people.
For further information please contact Louise Grifferty, regional communications manager, on 07717 422917 or the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.
Notes to editors
CQC will publish further details of the inspectors’ findings in a review of compliance on its website at a later date.
CQC issued the warning notice to the owner of Holmfield Nursing Home in Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, requiring that action is taken to meet:
- Regulation 13, the management of medicines, 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.
The deadline for improvement is 2 May. 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.