A RAYLEIGH care home has been criticized for poor Covid-19 safety standards following an inspection.
Great Wheatley Nursing Home has been rated in need of improvement as the second of four rating levels by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
In a recently published report, inspectors from the national health care watchdog found that “government infection control guidelines were not always followed”.
The home, which was caring for 17 people aged 65 and over at the time of the inspection, has been told to improve Covid safety.
Inspectors found that not all staff knew how long visitors had to wait for the result of a lateral flow test.
“This could put staff and visitors at risk of contracting infectious diseases, including Covid-19,” the report said.
He continued: “Where the status of the Covid-19 vaccine had to be checked, there was no evidence that it had been done.”
However, the house was praised for its cleanliness and staff are said to have used personal protective equipment [PPE] properly.
The house was also criticized for leaving a user bedridden despite a physiotherapy exam indicating he had to walk daily.
Care home users would also have been left without access to any organized activities.
The registered manager told the inspectors that there had been an activities coordinator but that they left after a few weeks.
One parent said: “It doesn’t look like much is going on. I took a radio to [person] because they can’t see the TV clearly.
Another told inspectors: “A few months ago there were notices showing listings of activity, but they’ve disappeared now, and I don’t know of any activity.”
CQC inspectors reported that the care home was well staffed, with a “qualified and experienced” team.
The relatives with whom the inspectors spoke were satisfied with the care and treatment received.
One person told the CQC: “The staff are lovely, they spend as much time as possible with you. I wouldn’t know what to do without them.
The report states: “Privacy and dignity of individuals were respected. Staff made sure to close doors and draw privacy curtains when providing personal care to people.
The Echo has contacted the nursing home for comment.