Warning for South Tyneside care home

REPORT ... The Meadows Care Home, Boldon.

REPORT ... The Meadows Care Home, Boldon.

A SOUTH Tyneside nursing home is failing to meet national standards of care, says a health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a report on The Meadows Care Home, in New Road, Boldon Colliery, after it carried out an unannounced inspection.

Inspectors found the home was failing to meet standards in relation to the care and welfare of service users, some of whom have dementia.

As a result, CQC has issued a formal warning to the provider, demanding improvements by next Friday.

Owners, Cheshire-based Tamaris Care Properties has also been told action is required to address shortfalls with regards to standards in meeting nutritional needs, supporting workers and record-keeping.

It is not the first time the care provider has faced criticism. In April 2012, the same home was issued with a formal warning over medication failings. After the latest inspection, the CQC is monitoring the home and will make another unannounced visit at a later date.

If the required improvements are not made, CQC has a range of powers which include restricting the services the home can offer or suspending or cancelling a service.

The watchdog can also issue financial penalty notices and cautions or prosecute the provider for failing to meet essential standards.

A spokesman for Tamaris Care Properties Limited said: “We regret that the quality of care being delivered at The Meadows was not compliant with CQC inspection requirements, and the standards we expect to deliver.

“We met with the council, Clinical Commissioning Group, residents and relatives last week to discuss the issues in the home, and work with everyone going forward to make the necessary improvements.”

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