Care home company fined after failure to provide safe care

Rushcliffe Care Ltd, which ran Partridge Care Centre in Harlow, was fined and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge, plus £17,826.37 costs, after admitting it failed to provide safe care and treatment to one of its residents

The prosecution was brought against the company by the CQC after the woman was injured as a result of being trapped in a commode shower chair at the Partridge Road home. She sustained a significant injury, which required surgery and left her with a stoma and colostomy bag.

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Care home on fire in Pandy Tudur

A fire has devastated the Old Vicarage Care Home near Llanrwst.

The fire has caused “significant” damage to the roof and first floor of the property, although the full extent of the damage is still being assessed.

Crews used ladders and breathing apparatus to reach seven of the residents reported trapped on the ground and first floor of the building.
Six of them were taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd to be checked over.
The other 19 residents were evacuated safely with the help of care home staff, paramedics and police.

A joint investigation by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the police suggests the blaze was sparked by electrics in a first floor store cupboard.

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Fire at Stevenage Care Home

A fire broke out at a Stevenage care home this afternoon following a reported explosion in a resident’s room, with seven people taken to hospital.

  • The fire broke out at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire 
  • Social media users reported an air ambulance landing in a supermarket car park 
  • Ambulance service has tweeted that seven people have been taken to hospital

Wiltshire mental health beds shut amid safety concerns

Two of Wiltshire’s three emergency mental health units are to shut their assessment beds for a year after inspectors raised safety concerns.

The Care Quality Commission highlighted ligature risks and delays in assessing patients at Fountain Way, Salisbury, and Sandalwood Court, Swindon.
The CQC said the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership it was not “always safe, effective, responsive or well led”.

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Local authority fined after social workers assaulted

London Borough of Brent has been fined after two of its social workers were assaulted on a home visit

Two social workers employed by London Borough of Brent visited the home  to carry out a safety plan assessment. While note-taking, both social workers were struck over the head with a metal object by the mother, resulting in one of them being knocked temporarily unconscious. While both received serious wounds to the head, the social worker knocked unconscious was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The investigation by the HSE found the LA failed to follow its corporate lone working policy or violence and aggression guidance. No risk assessment was completed and staff were not trained accordingly.
Fined £100,000 and costs of £10,918.88 Read…

 

Care home resident dies following road accident

Four Seasons care Home Resident dies following  road accident.

A 78-year-old resident of Four Seasons’ Annahilt Care Home in Northern Ireland died last week following a road accident.

The pensioner was struck by a car after managing to leave the home last Tuesday evening.

“Managers and the care team at the Annahilt Care home are shocked and saddened at the tragic incident which occurred last night.

It is not yet known how the resident managed to leave the home unaccompanied. The service is equipped with a key pad security system.

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