Metal thieves spark care home laundry row

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MANAGERS of a Doncaster care home have blamed metal thieves for a formal warning about their standards of care.

Care Quality Commission inspectors found arrangements to maintain cleanliness and infection control at Amphion View were not safe, following a visit to the site in Avenue Road in June.

But the home said the problems had resulted because thieves had stolen copper gas piping from a tumble drier. It is now fixed.

A follow-up inspection will determine whether further action is taken.

The care home manager Nigel Best said: “I know they have listed a number of matters which they put to us and I can agree with some of them.

“What I want to discuss with the CQC and the inspectors was that at the time we were suffering as a result of a theft.

“What it left us with was a situation where we had a large amount of washing out on the washing line and what it meant was we had to go past that with the dirty washing to launder that.

“Obviously they weren’t happy with that situation and, where we totally agree, it was only a temporary measure.”

Jo Dent, regional director of the CQC in Yorkshire and Humber, said inspectors would return in the future to check if the issue had been addressed.

She said the commission would use legal powers if the improvements had not been made.