A care home company has today been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident fell from her first floor window and died.
Guildford Crown Court heard that the 87-year-old was staying at the Coppice Lea Nursing home in Surrey, owned and managed by Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited. In the early hours of 3 October 2013, the woman fell about four metres through her window.
She was reported missing at 1am and found two hours later. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fined £450,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,762.44.
Epsom care home fined £4000 for a persistent failure to employ a registered manager
CQC issued the fixed penalty notice to Epsom Lodge Care Homes Limited after inspectors found that a
registered manager was not employed – which is a legal obligation.
Inspections took place on the 8 April 2016 and the 19 September 2016 and the reports record that there was no registered manager in place.
CQC inspectors found that the home in Burgh Heath Road, Epsom, Surrey, had failed to have a registered manager from January 2016 until March 2017.
Epsom Lodge had told CQC that a manager had been employed since 1 February 2016 – although the manager’s application to register had been rejected because there were gaps in the information needed.
Subsequently CQC issued a fixed penalty notice, which the provider has accepted and paid.
A YORK housing trust has beened ordered to pay £78,000 over a health and safety breach discovered during the investigation into the death of a resident at one of its homes.
It has also emerged that Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) had been warned about the safety of communal room windows at another of its homes, Lamel Beeches, in Heslington Road, York, two years before Dora Strickland, 90, jumped to her death through a second floor bedroom window at Red Lodge, New Earswick.
After the death, York Crown Court heard, the Trust unsuccessfully tried to overturn a City of York Council improvement notice forcing it to upgrade safety features for windows in residents’ windows at Red Lodge. The windows now have improved safety measures.
A former care worker at Springwood Day Centre, has been sentenced after the death of service user.
A group of Service Users from the day centre,had been on a trip to Kings Mill Reservoir.
The Carer, who at the time was supposed to be providing one to one supervision, lost sight of the Service user, who drowned when he suffered an epileptic seizure around the time that he fell into the reservoir.
A joint investigation by the HSE and Nottinghamshire Police found that the Carer spent a significant amount of time on her mobile phone instead of giving her full attention to the Service user while walking with him around the reservoir.
With the increase of use of both personal and work mobile phones
Has the organisation made sure all staff have instructions that personal phones must not be used whilst at work – written permission must be obtained if they are required (e.g. family member may require urgent contact etc) in which case this must be risk assessed…?
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £366,000 after the death of a patient on a specialist dementia ward.
Norwich Crown Court heard how a patient, age 78, had been admitted as a patient to the Julian Hospital, in September 2014 on a specialist ward for patients suffering with dementia. In October the patient was reported missing and was found face-down in a bath full of water in one of the bathrooms on the ward.
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation fined £366,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,888.48.