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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Failing Cumbrian care home to be closed by owners

A failing care home in north Cumbria has revealed it is preparing to close.

Yanwath Care Home photo
Yanwath Care Home

News of the decision by the owners of Yanwath Care Home, in Yanwath, Penrith, comes as inspectors are visiting the home for the third time in four months.

The last inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was only made public earlier this month, although it was carried out at the beginning of February.

That report followed concerns raised in relation to the management of medicines within the home.

The unannounced inspection saw a team from the CQC visit the home in conjunction with a pharmacist.

It looked at the arrangements for the handling of medicines, following concerns raised at previous inspections.

The report states: “We also carried out the visit to check on arrangements for the improvement of the handling of medicines following information we received about a recent medication error.”

While the inspection team was unable to speak to residents of the home “due to their frailty”, it looked at care plans, medicines records and supplies.

It concluded: “Overall we found that people who used the service did not receive their medicines in a safe way.”

The CQC has now taken enforcement action to “protect the health, safety and welfare” or people at the home.

However, the News & Star can reveal that the CQC is in the process of finalising yet another report – the third to be published since the beginning of February.

This is understood to be a routine inspection.

BDO, administrators for Hemingway Group Ltd which runs the home, has revealed it gave residents and their families 28 days notice that it would be closed.

In a joint statement, Cumbria County Council and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We’ve been advised that due to circumstances beyond their control and with great regret, Yanwath Nursing Home’s owners have announced the termination of contracts and the intention to close the home.

“There have been a number of long-term and more recent issues that the owners have been unable to resolve.

“We are contacting relatives of all the residents to meet with them on an individual basis to find suitable alternative accommodation that will meet residents’ care needs.”

The statement added: “Cumbria County Council and the CCG are working together to minimise the impact on residents and their families during this difficult time.”

A spokeswoman for BDO said that since the appointment of administrators, “significant efforts” have been made both to find a suitable buyer and to make improvements to the standards of care.

Kerry Bailey, BDO business restructuring partner, said: “Since 2013 we have worked closely with a specialist care management company to keep Yanwath Care Home open while we tried to make improvements and find a suitable buyer.

“Regrettably, we have exhausted our options and have taken the difficult decision to close the home.

“We will be working closely with the local council and the CCG to rehouse the remaining residents in a careful and dignified way, and the home will not be closed until the final resident is re-housed appropriately.”

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