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Soham Lodge Requires improvement

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Requires improvement

Updated 9 December 2020

Soham Lodge is a care home providing personal and nursing care to 16 people at the time of the inspection. The service can support up to 34 people.

We found the following examples of good practice.

The service was only receiving essential visitors at the time of our inspection. Any person entering the building had their temperature taken, completed a health questionnaire and wore full personal protective equipment (PPE) including a face visor.

People were supported by staff in full PPE, whether that person was COVID-19 positive or negative. This is called barrier nursing. This is to protect both staff and people living in the service from spreading infection.

The senior nurse told us that they changed systems within the service to reduce the spread of infection. Medicine rounds and personal care visits had been changed so that those people with a negative diagnosis of COVID-19 were all supported first, followed by those who were positive.

The manager had put additional risk measures into place, for example cutlery and crockery used by people with a positive diagnosis were placed in a red bag and sealed. This ensured that kitchen staff took additional precautions to protect themselves and that the crockery and cutlery were washed at a higher temperature on their own.

The building was clean and free from clutter. The manager had employed additional domestic staff to support the domestic team. During our inspection we observed staff cleaning communal areas and bathrooms, and ensuring that areas regularly touched by hands were disinfected.

The manager told us that they were working collaboratively with colleagues from the Local Authority and CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), and were well supported as a result.

Inspection areas

Safe

Requires improvement

Updated 9 December 2020

We were assured that this service met good infection prevention and control guidelines.

Effective

Good

Updated 9 December 2020

Caring

Good

Updated 9 December 2020

Responsive

Good

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Well-led

Requires improvement

Updated 9 December 2020