Watchdog tells home to shape up

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A Lasswade care home has been taken to task after a watchdog’s second inspection found that its concerns had been ignored and quality of care had become worse.

An inspection at Drummond Grange Nursing Home, carried out in December last year and just published, found issues initially raised in August had not been dealt with.

After the second, unannounced inspection, a spokesman for the Care Inspectorate said: “We raised serious concerns about the quality of care being provided at this service in August last year.

“At the time we graded the quality of care as ‘weak’. Our most recent follow-up inspection found that the quality of care provided has deteriorated to ‘unsatisfactory,’ the lowest grade we can give.”

The service has been told to urgently improve staffing; the management of epilepsy; ensuring equipment is checked and faults reported; ensuring residents’ physical, social and emotional needs are met; ensuring staff are competent in communicating with residents; and that staff adhere to professional codes.

A Drummond Grange spokesman said: “Since the inspection we have made numerous improvements which have been monitored by the management support team. We took immediate action and submitted a plan to the Care Inspectorate.”