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Severe care home failings

Posted in: Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

A care home in Surrey has been closed down after inspectors rated it as “inadequate” in every category of inspection. Two people died as a result of the extremely low standards of Merok Park in Banstead, Surrey, and its sister home in Grantley Court in Sutton, south London. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors found staff not complying with health and safety standards, mistreating patients, and ignoring patients in distress.

The care home was closed following the death of 85-year-old dementia-sufferer Alfred Dodd who died of pneumonia two days after being moved from the Surrey home. The care home was immediately closed down. Merok’s sister home, Grantley Court, is currently under police investigation over alleged injuries caused to three of its residents. 91-year-old Winifred Lake died recently after being moved from Grantley Court.

‘Staff not trained in infection control’

The 9th of December saw inspectors remove Merok Park’s registration, meaning that it can no longer legally operate as a care home. The CQC were in the process of doing the same at Grantley Court, but its owners, Mr and Mrs Cooppen, closed it down themselves.

The couple own a third care home, Faygate House, which has also had unannounced inspections – the results of which will be published soon.

Inspections of Merok Park and Grantley Court were carried out during November and December. The reports mentioned soiled clinical waste left in open bags, no hot water in some of the rooms, and staff members not trained in infection control.

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