Damning report on care home

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Inspections discover breach of regulations

Glenview Nursing Home, at Bleary Road, Portadown, was given the ultimatum after three 
unannounced inspections.

The 40-bed private home, which is registered to Brendan and Bernadette Breen, was deemed to be breaching regulations in relation to infection prevention and control and the general environment.

Last week, it was served with two ‘failure to comply’ notices by the inspecting body, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). A solicitor acting for the home said that steps were being immediately taken to comply with the report.

The inspectors’ report claimed, “There was no evidence of robust cleaning schedules or supervision to guide the work of the domestic assistants.” It added that “insufficient numbers of staff had received up-to-date training in infection prevention and control, and there was no active system of infection control audits to monitor quality”.

The RQIA concluded that the environment of the home was “not fit for purpose”. They said in the majority of bedrooms the furniture had not been well-maintained and was in a poor state of repair. Patients’ bedding was not clean.

The inspectors said there was a number of free-standing commodes which had torn seat pads.

Torn back rests on commodes had been removed since the previous inspection, leaving the frame exposed and potentially resulting in discomfort to the user.

The RQAI said divan bed bases were stained and torn and not able to be effectively decontaminated while a number of carpets were soiled and had not been effectively cleaned.

The issues were identified after an initial visit to the home in September last year. This was followed by a meeting at which the registered providers gave assurances that the issues would be addressed.

However, after a follow-up inspection and a further meeting between the RQIA and a company director from Glenview in December, and another inspection in February, the RQIA concluded that “despite the production of an action plan and assurances being given on a number of occasions by the registered providers, insufficient progress has been made”.

The RQIA have drawn up a list of actions which must be carried out by May 20 in order to comply with regulations.

A solicitor acting on behalf of Glenview Nursing Home issued a statement confirming that “all steps that are necessary to comply with the RQIA report are being taken immediately”.

Failure to comply could ultimately result in a halt to new admissions, de-registration or fines.