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Former manager at Orchid View care home faces disciplinary hearing accused of falsifying records

Nirmala Read, the former manager at Orchid View faces a total of 7 charges at a tribunal

A disciplinary hearing has been told that the manager of a care home in Sussex tried to cover up evidence that an elderly patient - who later died - was given a drug overdose.

Patient Jean Halfpenny was a resident at the Orchid View home in Copthorne when she received three times the correct amount of Warfarin in her blood. She later died from a stroke at a nearby hospital.

The manager at the time, Nirmala Read, is alleged to have told a colleague to shred Mrs Halfpenny's medical records, before falsifying new ones. Nirmala Read who faces a total of seven charges has denied the allegations previously. Her conduct is being scrutinised by The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in London. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The hearing continues.


CQC publishes reports on care homes in South

In the past week the Care Quality Commission has published further reports on the quality of care provided by adult social care services across the South of England.

Under CQC’s new programme of inspections, all of England’s adult social care services regulated by CQC, are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

Reports have been published on the following care homes:

  • Dane House Care Home - Brighton and Hove
  • Oxford House Community Care - Buckinghamshire
  • Caremark (Eastbourne & Wealden) - East Sussex
  • Brendoncare Alton - Hampshire
  • Kents Oak Rest Home - Hampshire
  • Maypole Nursing Centre - Hampshire
  • Hartwood House - Hampshire
  • Westbury House Nursing Home - Hampshire

"People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care. If that is what we find on inspection - we give the service a rating of Good, or Outstanding. If we find that a service requires improvement, we will expect them to provide us with a full plan setting out how they will address the issue. We will share our findings with local commissioners, and we will return in due course to check that they have made the required improvements. Whenever we find a service to be Inadequate, we will consider taking further action on behalf of the people who use the service, so providers of those service should take the publication of the inadequate rating as a signal that immediate action is required to improve the service”

– Adrian Hughes, CQC's Deputy Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care

Closing care homes could be too much for the residents

Video. Up to 100 elderly people are facing a major upheaval with the proposed closure of four care homes. Hampshire County Council is looking at plans to shut homes at Basingstoke, Petersfield, Romsey and Lyndhurst in a move to help balance the books.

But anxious relatives fear the disruption might be too much for some of the residents. Heather Edwards reports.

'Relocation stress syndrome' for elderly if homes close

Up to a hundred elderly people may need to be re-homed if four care homes are shut by Hampshire County Council.

Deeside Care Home in Basingstoke could be closed under the council's new proposals.

A pubic meeting in Petersfield will be held this evening to protest against the plans to close Bulmer House care home in the town.

We spoke to Dilys Lownsborough who is campaigning against the closure of the homes.