Care home rapped over infection risk

A watchdog has told a care home to make immediate improvements after an unannounced inspection.

The Care Quality Commissions has issued enforcement action against Northfields Care Home Limited, which owns Oxford Grange Care Home in Oxford Road, Dewsbury.

Enforcement action was issued in relation to cleanliness of the home after inspectors deemed residents were at risk of infection.

Inspectors acknowledged positive feedback from residents and relatives on cleanliness, but found several examples of poor standards.

In one communal bathroom they found a used, soiled plaster stuck to a bath, faecal matter on the bath seat and brown stains on the bathroom floor.

A mattress soiled to the foam was found in one room, where they also found a “used wound dressing which contained dried fluid from a wound”.

Dried urine stains were reported on the outside of a communal toilet.

The home was told improvements were needed in three other areas: safe and accessible surroundings, protection from unsafe equipment and that care meets the needs of patients.

Manager Rachel Bedford said: “We have had an infection control audit since our CQC inspection in June and our infection control team have no concerns.

“Two of the noncompliance areas were around maintenance issues which have also been dealt with.”