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Cumbrian Care home labelled 'inadequate'

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Government inspectors have branded a Penrith care home inadequate in three out of five areas.

The review of Greengarth care home highlights a staff shortage on nightshifts, shortcomings in risk assessments as well as poor management of medicine administration.

Claims of abuse were also raised in the inspectors review.

The service did not always act appropriately when allegations of abuse arose.

The safeguarding systems and processes in place at the home were not effective and people were not protected from the risks of harm or abuse.”

– Government inspectors

The Care Quality Commission has ordered Cumbrian Care, the council branch in charge of running Greengarth care home, to take significant action to improve the quality of care at the Bridge Lane home.

Greengarth can accommodate up to 39 older people, including those living with dementia.

The council have commented on the claims saying :

In response to initial feedback provided by the CQC in early June, and our own assessment of standards at the home, we have been working hard to address improvements.

We regret that despite the significant effort over recent months, we have not been able to improve standards at the scale and pace required.

Our top priority is the safety and welfare of people living at Greengarth.

In light of the report’s findings social workers are meeting with them, and their families, to decide on the next steps for their care.

We will be undertaking a review to consider the factors that led to this situation, and understand the learning that we can take from it to ensure it does not happen again.”

– Councillor Beth Furneaux

Trust needed to improve staffing levels

Staffing levels will be one of the focuses of the follow-up inspection of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which will review the specific problems identified with the Trust in its 2014 inspection.

The Care Quality Commission says it will talk to both staff and the public as part of its "robust" review after the Trust's "Requires Improvement" rating last year.

The results, which are expected to be published in 12 weeks time, will consider how far the trust has progressed since it was placed in special measures.

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Care Quality Commission begins follow up inspection

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The Care Quality Commission will officially begin a follow up inspection of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust today.

The inspection team will speak to hospital staff and patients about services after the trust received a rating of 'Requires Improvement' in April 2014.

The CGC is particularly interested in hearing about the public's experiences since the rating, but also where they would like to see improvements made in the future.

'Outstanding' GP surgery in Wigton

The Wigton Group Medical Practice received a rating of 'outstanding' from the CQC Credit: ITV Border

A GP surgery in West Cumbria has become the first in the county to receive a rating of "outstanding" from the Care Quality Commission.

The Wigton Group Medical Practice received the highest possible rating following an inspection last november.

It is the tenth practice in the country to achieve the rating.

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Cumbrian care home 'not safe'

A care home in Cumbria has been condemned as unsafe in a damming report by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors stated that the residents of Howard Court in Brampton are at risk due to a series of failings and have demanded a string of improvements.

The report described staffing levels as "inadequate".

"The service was not safe. People who used the service were not managed safely."

– Care Quality Commission report

Failings found at Workington care home

The Care Quality Commission's found failings at a care home in Cumbria.

Their report shows Harriets residential home in Workington didn't always deliver care in a way that ensured residents' needs and welfare.

There were hygiene problems including dirty furnishings and toilets. And residents' personal records weren't always kept safe and confidential.

Roseberry Care Centres, who run the home, say the level of care described in the report is unacceptable, and that improvements will continue to be made.

Harriets residential home in Workington Credit: ITV News Border

Report raises concerns over North Cumbria Health Trust

A new report by the Care Quality Commission has placed North Cumbria Health Trust in the bottom band of hospital trusts in the country.

The findings are based on data that includes death rates, serious errors and patient surveys.

13 risks were identified at the North Cumbria trust, including 10 that were elevated.

These included "never events" of incidents that should never happen in NHS hospitals, higher than expected death rates and issues over the time patients waited for treatment.

The report will act as a screening tool to identify which trusts need the most rapid CQC inspections and where inspectors need to focus their attention.

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