Cheetham Hill nursing home remains in special measures with watchdog despite improvements

A care home which failed SEVEN safety standards during the summer failed to resolve their problems when inspectors returned three months later.

Beechill Nursing Home, in Cheetham Hill, remains in special measures with the health and social care watchdog despite making improvements in several areas of its service.

Staff from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the home was ‘inadequate’ when they visited in August after finding concerns that placed people at serious risk of harm.

The latest report states: “At this focused inspection we looked specifically at the areas of concern that posed significant risk to people using the service.

“These were concerns around fire safety, wound care, bedrail risk assessments, monitoring of legionella, servicing of the passenger lift, and the window restrictors.”

In October they carried out a follow up visit at the home in Smedley Lane, which provides accommodation, personal care and nursing care for up to 31 people who have ‘complex’ needs including substance misuse.

Their report states that the home had addressed concerns over fire safety, with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service carrying out an inspection, while wounds were being ‘monitored and evaluated correctly’.

The CQC inspectors highlighted that while a risk assessment for exposure to legionella bacteria had been completed, water samples were not being taken to monitor the situation.

Checks on bed rails were incomplete when the CQC visited, the report adds, but that was remedied while inspectors were on site.

The previous report had flagged up window security through the use of restrictors. Inspectors in October found all had been replaced with more ‘robust’ fittings and regular checks were being carried out.

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