Sheffield care home placed in special measures by Government inspectors for second time

A Sheffield care home has been branded 'inadequate' by Government regulators for the second time in less than two years.

Tuesday, 3rd January 2017, 11:35 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:03 pm
The Laurel and Limes Care Home on Manchester Road has been rated 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission

The Laurel and Limes Care Home in Broomhill has again been placed into special measures by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors gave the lowest score for safety and said the home was managed to an inadequate standard.

The Laurel and Limes Care Home on Manchester Road has been rated 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission

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A CQC report found the home had a 'Good' level of care but 'Required Improvement' on effectiveness and responsiveness. Inspectors found several breaches of the Health and Social Care Act.

This is the second time in three inspections the home has been placed into special measures.

Although residents told inspectors they 'felt safe' the CQC report stated people were 'not always safeguarded from the risk of harm'.

CQC officials said previous failures on medicine storage had not improved.

The Laurel and Limes Care Home on Manchester Road has been rated 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission

The report said: "We checked that improvements had been made in the safe handling of medicines. We saw that insufficient improvement had been taken to achieve compliance.

"We found the service continued not have appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines to ensure people were protected from the risks associated with medicines."

The report also highlighted staff recruitment records showed information was not always obtained in accordance with 'Schedule 3'. This meant inspectors 'could not be confident' residents were cared for by suitably qualified staff who had been 'properly assessed'.

The report added: "The service was not well-led. During the inspection we identified two continued breaches and three new breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 . This showed the registered provider had failed to make sufficient improvement to reach and sustain compliance.

"We found the checks completed by the registered provider to assess and improve the quality of the service were not effective to ensure people were protected against the risk of inappropriate or unsafe care."

Hill Care Ltd, who are responsible for running the home, has been contacted for a comment.

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