Inspectors slam Freckleton home as inadequate

Le Grand nursing home in Freckleton
Le Grand nursing home in Freckleton
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A nursing home has been slammed by inspectors after an unannounced visit found it to be “inadequate” in every assessment area.

The Care Quality Commission last year uncovered a catalogue of failings at Le Grand Nursing Home in Freckleton, near Preston, and its latest inspection found no improvements had been made.

If we find that the service being provided remains inadequate, we will consider taking further steps to cancel its registration with CQC.

Debbie Westhead

Now the government watchdog is warning the home must make urgent changes, or it could face the possibility of closure.

But bosses at Le Grand say the home is now under new management, and is set for a “full and total regeneration.”

A report from the CQC said processes to ensure people received medicines as prescribed were “not robust” and put people at risk of harm, and said: “People were not safeguarded against risk of neglect and avoidable harm.”

It said: “The systems in place to ensure that people received nutrition and hydration appropriate to their needs were not robust therefore placing people at risk of choking and malnutrition.

“People were not always treated with dignity and respect and the standard of personal care people received was found to be unsatisfactory.”

Debbie Westhead, CQC’s deputy chief inspector of adult social care in the North, said it was “unacceptable” the provider hadn’t made improvements, and said it had been put in special measures.

She said the home would be reinspected within six months, and added: “If we find that the service being provided remains inadequate, we will consider taking further steps to cancel its registration with CQC.”

A spokesman for the new management team at the home said: “Le Grand has traded successfully for 23 years, only encountering problems over the last 12 to 18 months.

“Although the proprietors have invested considerable time and resources into the service, issues with obtaining and training suitable nursing team members has of late been troublesome. In light of this, the home has now come under new management and will now undergo a full and total regeneration, both in relation to the environment and the home’s legal compliance with the Care Quality Commission. We look forward to a brighter future for the home, its residents and staffing team.”