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October 29, 2012

CQC urges Countrywide Care Homes to improve standards at care home

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) in the UK has urged Countrywide Care Homes (2) Limited to make necessary improvements at Argyle House to improve the safety and welfare of its residents.

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) in the UK has urged Countrywide Care Homes (2) Limited to make necessary improvements at Argyle House to improve the safety and welfare of its residents.

As part of a planned review of compliance, the commission visited the care home, which accommodates up to 87 people in need of nursing and personal care, on 1 October 2012.

CQC central region operations deputy director Andrea Gordon said that care providers have a duty to ensure they are compliant with the standards set down in law.

"This warning sends a clear message that Argyle House needs to address this issue or face further consequences," Gordon added.

"Our inspectors will return in the near future and if we find that the required progress is not made we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the people who use this service."

Inspectors found that the provider failed to comply with medical guidelines for pressure ulcer risk assessment and prevention and that residents were not being regularly checked by staff.

The staff did not always ensure that the health needs of the residents were being met, and nurses were not trained in essential skills, including giving injections, taking blood and replacing catheters.

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