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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Changes made at Cumbrian nursing home following report

Major changes have been made at a nursing home in which there were concerns over the mental capacity of some residents.

When inspectors visited Barrock Court Nursing Home last year, they were concerned that six people had Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders in place, and yet they were not deemed capable of making such decisions.

A DNACPR order is a legally binding document which tells carers not to resuscitate a person should it be needed.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors ordered immediate changes to be made, and paid an unannounced visit to the home, in Barrock Park, Southwaite, near Carlisle, on March 19 to ensure things had improved.

The latest visit found each person with an order in place had now been formally assessed following national guidance.

Inspectors wrote: “We noted that, where appropriate, best interest meetings had been held to establish what people’s thoughts and opinions were.

"We saw evidence that where people were unable to speak for themselves advocates had been appointed on their behalf.”

The CQC said it is now satisfied that Barrock Court is meeting all requirements.

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