‘Unsafe’ nursing home closed down

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Published: Wednesday 10th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A nursing home has been closed at short notice by regulators after finding residents were “at significant risk of harm”.

Merok Park Care Home in Surrey, which had passed an inspection in January, was shut yesterday after inspectors last week found it was “dirty” and had an “overpowering” smell of urine, the Care Quality Commission said.

The CQC team found residents being washed in cold water and not being helped to eat, and discovered a lift had been broken for several weeks, leaving some patients unable to get downstairs.

Inspectors also found the home was understaffed, with workers who had not received “relevant training” working up to 60 hours a week, with some having had no criminal record checks, the CQC added.

Adrian Hughes, the CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care in the south, said: “We have taken urgent action to remove CQC registration from Merok Park Nursing Home in Banstead, Surrey, because of concerns that the people living there are at significant risk of harm.

“CQC does not take enforcement action lightly given the obvious impact on people who live in nursing and residential care homes, but in this case we – and other agencies locally – felt that the home was unsafe.”

Published: Wednesday 10th December 2014 by The News Editor

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