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A care home linked with 13 deaths caused by Covid-19 in April has been told it must improve urgently by the Care Inspectorate after being rated ‘unsatisfactory’ for infection control practices.
Guthrie House in Liberton, Edinburgh, is run by Four Seasons Health Care and was linked to the deaths of 13 residents due to Covid-19 in April.
Five months on and the care home has been criticised by the care homes watchdog for failing to adequately protect its residents from infection after an inspection on September 1.
In a report, submitted to the Scottish Parliament by the Care Inspectorate, the care home is criticised for “serious concerns” relating to cleanliness.
Staff were also found to not be complying with guidance on infection prevention, and “did not fully understand” safe PPE practice.
The home was also slammed for other issues including residents not having easy access to water anywhere in the homes and for not “appropriately” supporting those in pain and distress.
The care home was also criticised for there being “no evidence” to show people living in the care home had been encouraged to keep in contact with family members during lockdown.
However, details were taken of those visiting in order to comply with Test and Protect regulations.
The report stated: “There was no evidence to show that people living within the care home had been encouraged to keep in contact with their families during lockdown. Scottish Government guidance had been implemented with details being taken prior to a family visit to maintain safety for ...
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