Hillmorton care home warned as watchdog criticises records

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A NURSING home in Hillmorton has been ordered to improve care standards or face further action.

The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning after inspectors visited Willow Tree Nursing Home, run by Culpeper Care.

It followed an unannounced visit by inspectors to the School Road nursing home to monitor concerns raised at a previous visit.

Inspectors said that the owners of Willow Tree Nursing Home need to make improvements in relation to the management of medicines.

They found residents were not receiving their medication on the day it was due.

Several medication records had not been signed once the medication had been administered. This meant that there was an increased risk that another dose could be given in error

There were instances when residents who were prescribed regular pain relief were not receiving their stated doses on time, placing them at risk of pain and unnecessary discomfort.

Andrea Gordon, Deputy Director of Operations (Central Region), said: “The law says these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect. Providers have a duty to ensure they are compliant.

“This warning sends a clear and public message that Culpeper Care Limited needs to address this issue or face further consequences.

“Our inspectors will return in the near future and if we find that the required progress is not made we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the people who use this service.”

Willow Tree Nursing Home provides nursing care for up to 47 people.

A spokesman from the home said: “We are obviously disappointed by the findings of the CQC review of compliance and have put in place robust measures to ensure that we are compliant with the regulations and people who use our services can be confident of good outcomes.”