Nursing home’s failings uncovered by watchdog

Le Grand nursing home in Freckleton
Le Grand nursing home in Freckleton
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Inspectors have uncovered a catalogue of failings are a care home in Freckleton, near Preston.

A report published by the CQC into Le Grand Nursing Home has highlighted serious concerns about staffing levels, cleanliness and risk of falls.

The watchdog also said:

• A resident had 16 slips or falls in six months

• There was a lack of refresher training for nurses responsible for medication

• No registered manager

• Staff requested medication to moderate challenging behaviour

In its report the CQC said it will take enforcement action against the home in five areas.

It failed to meet standards in a further two areas and only met one inspection standard.

The report said: “Through our observations and discussions with people, we noted that a number of systems to monitor the quality of the service and keep people safe had failed. This was because there was no clear leadership at the home and the provider did not understand the legal responsibilities for meeting the requirements of the law.”

A statement from the home said: “In the last 23 years we have never had a problem with any inspecting authority and we have always had excellent reports. Up to January 2014 we were compliant with CQC and LCC standards. We were inspected on the basis of the new standards in October and were found to be non compliant in certain areas. Together with LCC and CQC we have developed an action plan for improvement which we now feel we have completed and all our staff have been completely re trained and a new nursing team of registered general nurses and a manager is now in place. We are now awaiting our next CQC inspection which will be any day now.”