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Care home problems persist

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Over the last two years, health inspectors have had to address failings at an Oxfordshire care home five times.  A recent Care Quality Commission inspection at St Katherine’s House in Wantage found the home to be failing in two of the five key areas.  The report that followed the inspection outlined the fact that some improvements had been made over the course of the last few years, but that many people were still at risk of poor care due to a number of factors.

The organisation that runs the home, Gold Care Homes, admitted that there was still great room for improvement.  However, they said that many additional staff had been hired to ease the pressure and help tackle the problem. The group operations director, Nigel Denny, said: “The company has recently appointed a number of new and highly experienced people to key positions.

“risk of possible infection”

A report of the hospital published in 2013 called for action to be taken in all of the three key areas of inspection: safety, availability and suitability of equipment, staffing and records.  One of the problems raised in the report was that people were being bathed in rotation over a seven-day period because their new bath had not yet been installed.  The report read that this “put people at risk of possible infection and did not promote their privacy and dignity”.  This was only one of the many problems highlighted by the report.

Even though some improvements have been recognised since the publication of this report in 2013, many failings are still to be addressed.

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