Covid guidelines were not being followed effectively and drugs were not managed safely in a Mansfield care home, according to a report.
The Limes Care Home, located on Park Road, received an overall rating of ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after receiving the lowest possible rating for safety and leadership as a result of ‘an inspection in July.
The report, released on September 3, said inspectors were “unsure” that the home was following government guidelines on Covid, and that the drug protocols “contained incorrect information.”
“Government guidelines relating to COVID-19 were not being followed effectively,” CQC said.
“The infection control measures in place were not enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which was putting people at risk.
“We were not sure that the provider respected the rules of protection, isolation and social distancing. We found that after hospital stays, when they returned to the service, people were not isolated according to government guidelines. “
A number of other safety risks were identified by the inspection, such as the lack of risk assessments for catheter and ostomy care and “inadequate” fire safety measures.
The report said: “People’s personal emergency evacuation plans did not contain enough detail to keep people safe in the event of a fire. This meant that there was a risk that people could not get out safely in an emergency.
This is a step down for the home, which cares for 10 people aged 65 and over, having received a “needs improvement” rating last year.
Nathan Young, who was appointed the new director of Limes Care Home four weeks ago, told Nottinghamshire Live that the home was “appalled” by the results.
He said an internal investigation was currently underway.
“I immediately wrote an initial action plan based solely on the report and my findings after the first week, then embarked on the task of straightening the Limes in a timely manner.
“I responded to all of the CQC’s concerns; I have worked with the homeowners to make sure that the issues raised do not recur. The staff and I are committed to making Limes a great place to live for our current and future residents. “
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