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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Inspectors revisit north Cumbrian care home two weeks after critical report

Less than two weeks after a report criticised a Penrith care home, inspectors have been forced to make another visit.

Yanwath Care Home photo
Yanwath Care Home

Yanwath Care Home, in Yanwath, was already the subject of enforcement action after concerns were raised about the welfare of residents.

The latest inspection report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was published on February 4, in which it was found to be failing on six out of the seven standards.

The report related to a visit in December and criticised a range of issues, including chefs serving up frozen pizza and potato smiley face waffles for dinner.

Less than a fortnight later and the CQC has revealed it has been forced to return for another inspection.

An update on the CQC’s recent activities for the week of February 12 to 19 confirmed that inspectors had revisited the home.

It said: “We are currently inspecting standards in response to concerns raised.”

The CQC website also confirms that the latest swoop was prompted by information received.

The exact issues are unclear, but the report is expected to be published within five weeks.

The problems with Yanwath are the latest to be highlighted by the News & Star, after it highlighted a series of concerns with the state of adult social care in north and west Cumbria.

Last year MPs, health bosses and social care chiefs united in their call for action – with Workington MP Tony Cunningham labelling it a “ticking timebomb”.

The true picture for the county as a whole was laid out at the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee last week.

Speaking at the meeting, Beverley Cole, franchise manager with the CQC, revealed that one-in-six homes in Cumbria was “causing problems” for the watchdog.

“Regarding adult social care, out of 245 locations 38 caused us problems, and that’s been anything from minor compliance actions up to warning notices,” she said.

“I’d say there are five in my head because they have caused me considerable amounts of anxiety over the last year. Those will be the ones they served warning notices on.”

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