CQC takes action at Atherton Lodge

Atherton Lodge in Ellesmere Port has again been rated as Inadequate by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection in December 2016.

This service was previously inspected in August and was and rated Inadequate after CQC inspectors found several breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008. Following that inspection, Atherton Lodge took the decision to stop providing nursing care.

Inspectors found that risks to people using this service are major and are taking action in line with CQC enforcement policy. This is currently subject to legal proceedings.

Rob Tovey, CQC’s head of inspections for Adult Social Care in the North West, said: “People are entitled to services which provide safe, caring and high quality care. We found that the care provided at Atherton Lodge once again fell short of what we expect services to provide.”

“Risk assessments were still inadequately managed and not tailored to people’s individual needs, putting them at unnecessary risk of harm.”

“It was very concerning that some areas of the building weren’t safe and we found a lack of cleanliness across the whole service. Fixtures and fittings needed updating, and we found parts or the building that smelt badly, and areas which posed an infection risk to people using the service.”

“It was also worrying that Atherton Lodge identified themselves as being able to care for people living with dementia, but we found that neither the environment nor the care being provided was best practice for someone with these additional needs.”

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