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Hollymede Cottage

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

61-63 Church End Lane, Runwell, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7DP (01268) 450908

Provided and run by:
Hollymede Cottage Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 2 September 2021

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

As part of CQC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are looking at the preparedness of care homes in relation to infection prevention and control. This was a targeted inspection looking at the infection control and prevention measures the provider has in place.

This inspection took place on 31 March 2021and was announced.

Overall inspection


Updated 2 September 2021

Hollymede Cottage is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and personal care under a contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided and both were looked at during this inspection. Hollymede Cottage accommodates up to fourteen people in an adapted building. At the time of our inspection, 12 people were using the service.

This inspection took place on 7 March 2018. The inspection was unannounced, this meant the staff and provider did not know we would be visiting. At the last inspection on 13 October 2015 the service was rated ‘Good’. At this inspection, we found the service remained good.

The was no registered manager in post, but a person had been recruited to this role who was looking to register with the CQC. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’.

Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

Staff received regular supervision and had been given the training they needed to meet people’s needs. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible. Arrangements were made for people to see a GP and other healthcare professionals when they needed to do so.

People were cared for and supported by staff that understood their needs and knew them well. Staff treated people with dignity and respect and were sensitive to their needs regarding equality, diversity and their human rights. The care and support people received was individualised.

The service had appropriate systems in place to keep people safe and staff followed these guidelines when they supported people. There were a sufficient numbers of care staff available to meet people’s care needs and people received their medicine as prescribed and on time.

The provider had a robust recruitment process in place to protect people from the risk of avoidable harm. They had been recruited safely with the skills and knowledge to provide care and support to people.

People’s health and emotional needs were assessed, monitored and met in order for them to live well. The service worked closely with relevant health care professionals and people received the support they needed to have a healthy diet that met their individual needs.

Audits were carried out and people were asked their views about the service. This information was used to look at how the service could be improved.