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Durham home fined £47K over falls risk failings

Picktree Court care home (run by Premier Care Homes Limited) has been fined £47,681 at Teesside Magistrates Court, over its care of a a resident at risk of falling.

The court found the home exposed the resident to a significant risk of avoidable harm. The home was fined £20,000, and ordered to pay a £181 victim surcharge and £27,500 costs to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which brought this prosecution.

Premier Care Homes Limited pleaded guilty to one offence of failing to discharge their duties under Regulations 12 and 22 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This was in relation to the care of Mrs Bruce who became a resident at the Chester-Le-Street home on 31 October 2019 aged 93.

Pre-admission assessment of Mrs Bruce showed that she had a history of experiencing falls. Although the home was aware of the risks, Mrs Bruce had a number of falls while living at Picktree Court. At the time of her death, she experienced a range of health conditions and she had sustained fractures of the ribs.

Despite there being monthly reviews of Mrs Bruce’s care and risk assessments, these reviews should have identified if the measures in place were working and if further actions were needed to minimise the risk of Mrs Bruce having falls.

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