Midlothian MSP angry at damming Gorebridge care home report

Newbyres Village, Gorebridge
Newbyres Village, Gorebridge

Local MSP Christine Grahame has expressed her concern and disappointment at the report on Newbyres Care Village in Gorebridge.

As reported in last week’s Advertiser, the care home run by Midlothian Council, received “weak” grades in all four areas covered by the Care Inspectorate’s staff – quality of care and support, environment, staffing and management leadership.

After reading the 60-page report, which was published in November, Ms Grahame, SNP MSP for Midlothian South, spoke of her disappointment. She said:“The contents certainly give cause for concern, and the situation at Newbyres, which was first flagged up by a previous inspection in early 2015 will require careful monitoring.

“It is disappointing that marked improvements do not appear to have been achieved in the wake of the previous visit by inspectors.”

According to the report the inspection, which was carried out over two days last September, found that improvements were needed in resident and relative/carer participation, care planning and reviews, delivery of care, staff training, standards of record keeping and notifications made to the Care Inspectorate.

A spokesman for Midlothian Council said: “Since the inspection, we have been actively working to address the issues highlighted in the report and we have been working closely with NHS colleagues and the Care Inspectorate during this time.

“In addition, we are preparing for a further inspection before the end of the financial year.”