CQC prosecutes care home fined £123,000+ over falls

A care provider that failed in its duty to provide safe care and treatment has been ordered to pay £123,699.90 in fines and costs by Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) brought the prosecution following two serious incidents at West Ridings Care Home in Wakefield. At the time of the events the home was operated by Bupa Care Homes (CFHCare) Limited.

The provider had previously pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates Court to two separate offences of failing to provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm

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NHS Trust Swindon fined £80,000 patient fall from roof

NHS trust fined £80k after mental health patient fell from roof.

An NHS trust has been fined £80,000 after one of its patients fell from the roof of a ward, despite it being warned about its potential danger in 2011.
The patient climbed on to the roof of  Applewood Ward in Swindon in 2016. He fell off and was seriously hurt, after refusing to come down for 11 hours. The patient broke his leg and fractured his skull and jaw in the fall.
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) was fined £80,000  after pleading guilty to an offence of   failing to provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm to one patient and putting others at serious risk of avoidable harm.
The trust said it had made significant changes to improve.



Wembley care home fined £57,000 over fatal fire.

Wembley care home fined £57,000 over fatal fire.

A resident died following a fire in his room.

London Fire Brigade said the home, which is operated by Lee Valley Care Services, had been warned about safety failings prior to the fire which led to the death of a resident.

Following a visit to Queens Court in November 2015, fire inspecting officers raised concerns around fire doors, fire safety management and a lack of a  proper fire risk assessment at the home.
An audit by fire safety officers following the fire found no evidence the home had been working on the issues raised.

Nursing home provider fined £24,000 following resident’s death.

Nursing home provider fined £24,000 following resident’s death.

A Hartlepool nursing home provider has been fined £24,000 and costs of £14,000 following the death of an 83-year-old woman.

The Hospital of God at Greatham, which previously pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment, was prosecuted at Tyneside Magistrates Court.

The court heard how the 83-year-old woman, who was admitted to Gretton Court November  2015, was provided with bed rails and passive infrared sensors due to her being at risk of falling from her bed.
The provider was found to have failed to ensure that staff responsible for the safe use of bed rails had received appropriate training and a relevant safety policy was not available.

Investigations by the CQC found that the bed rails were also broken during the time of the woman’s death.

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Care worker jailed for assault on patient.

Care worker jailed for assault on patient.

The 44-year-old victim, who had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, suffered bruising to his chest and torso, multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung while being cared for at Cambian Fairview Hospital , Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Two care workers Scott Geeson, 27, and Lelish Shercan, 27, of Circus Square, Colchester, both admitted an offence of ill-treatment by a carer in June 2016.

Geeson, who admitted kicking the victim, was jailed for 21 months and Shercan was given a 16 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

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Care Home fined – resident died after eating chlorine tablets

A care home operator has been fined £270,000, after a resident of Lomond Court Care Home, Glenrothes, Fife (who suffered symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease) put chlorine tablets in his mouth and chewed them, leading to his death.

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard how on 4 August 2015 a delivery of cleaning products was made to Lomond Court. These were left unattended in a corridor, in an unsealed box. In that box….

HC-ONE Limited of Southgate House, Archer Street, Darlington, County Durham, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and fined £270,000.


Nursing home in special measures after watchdog spots ‘signs of abuse’.

Nursing home in special measures after watchdog spots ‘signs of abuse’.

Experts from the CQC visited Eastcotts Care Home with Nursing in Calford Green Suffolk in April & discovered “institutional and unsafe practices” which they claim went “unnoticed and unchallenged” by senior staff.

Inspectors said physical intervention was sometimes used by staff members while others spoke to residents “very sternly and harshly” and told them to “sit down” or “sit”.  More