'Inadequate' Sheffield care home is put up for sale

Warren Park Care Home, in Chapeltown, is being sold
Warren Park Care Home, in Chapeltown, is being sold
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An 'inadequate' Sheffield care home is being put up for sale after it was placed in special measures.

Warren Park Care Home, in Chapeltown, closed in November following two scathing reports by inspectors who awarded it the lowest possible grade.

Astonbrook Care Homes said at the time it planned to refurbish the buildings before reopening as a residential home, which would no longer offer specialist nursing care.

But the company this week announced it now intends to sell the 60-bedroom home, in which it said there had already been significant interest from potential buyers.

A spokesman said the decision followed a 'strategic appraisal' of its plans for the custom-built care home in White Lane.

Simon Harrison, chief executive of Astonbrook, said: "It became clear during what was expected to be a temporary closure period that our proposed investment to reconfigure the building and its registration as a residential care home did not align with our overall development strategy.

"The value of a purpose built nursing and residential care home has been reflected in the level of interest we have already received from potential purchasers."

Inspectors from government watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had criticised staffing levels, training and supervision at Warren Park in their most recent report, published last July.

Patients at the home were transferred before it closed and Astonbrook said at the time that the 28 staff there had been offered temporary posts at the firm's other homes in the area.

The company said any decision for former residents to return to Warren Park under its future owners would be for them and their relatives to take,

A spokesman for Astonbrook said it expected the building would be used as a nursing and residential care home by the new owner once it is sold.

He added that a formal consultation process had been undertaken with staff ahead of Warren Park's closure, and 'the issues of redeployment and redundancy were addressed at that time'.

Astonbrook said the decision to close temporarily last November, following talks with the CQC and the local authority, was partly driven by the national shortage of trained nursing staff.