A series of alarming flaws have been uncovered at a care home two years after it was deemed so dangerous that health bosses have wanted to remove all of its residents.
A July inspection by the Regulatory and Quality Improvement Agency (RQIA) found dirty toothbrushes and dirty and smelly mattresses in City View Court.
It also emerged that for the second time concerns have been raised about the way staff at the home are caring for residents who have suffered head injuries.
The watchdog also discovered that residents of the home, formerly called the Clifton Nursing Home, had access to the attic.
The inspection report states: “Areas of improvement have been identified in relation to record keeping, the environment, infection prevention and control, staff training and access to hazards.
“Other areas for improvement were identified in relation to oral care and the cleanliness of oral care equipment.
“An area for improvement in head injury management was identified for the second time.”
The watchdog noted that while those responsible were notified when a resident fell, “neurological observations had not been consistently conducted according to best practice.”
It came six months after the RQIA identified falls management as an area for improvement, when “deficiencies in the quality and accuracy” of observations of residents who had fallen emerged.
Kathryn Homes NI, the company that owns City View Court, said at the time: “The registered nurses recognize their responsibility to follow Kathryn Homes’ fall management process.
“The appropriate documentation regarding the fall, observations and any actions taken will be recorded in the resident’s records.”
The firm said any “non-compliance identified will be addressed through further monitoring and training”.
The July inspection report also said a number of shop doors at the home, which cares for people with dementia, were unlocked and accessible to residents.
It continued: “In one, plumbing was accessible and in another, a skylight had been left open with the lights on and access to the attic.
“There was a fixed ladder leading to the attic.”
City View Court and Clifton Nursing Home have repeatedly failed to meet minimum safety standards.
The home made headlines in May 2020 when health chiefs announced they intended to move all residents out of the home amid concerns for their safety. The Belfast Trust made this unprecedented decision after the home failed to contain a deadly Covid-19 outbreak.
Residents only stayed at the home after an alternative care home provider stepped in and agreed to manage the home in place of Runwood Homes.
However, the measure was temporary and management was returned to Runwood Homes, which was subsequently renamed Northern Ireland. The company is now known as Kathryn Homes NI.
An unannounced inspection of the home was conducted in October last year after an anonymous tip-off of alleged deficiencies in infection control and staffing.
Issues uncovered by the RQIA during the visit included dirty shower chairs and hand gel dispensers, as well as items such as nail polish, medication and a can of thickener accessible to residents. An administrative offense notice was then issued.
The RQIA returned the following month due to concerns about management turnover.
“During the inspection, it emerged that the general organizational structure and reporting and accountability requirements within Kathryn Homes were not clear,” the inspection report said.
Another administrative offense notice was issued.
City View Court has been contacted for comment.
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