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Residents of Ashbrooke still being relocated after closure for care failings

Residents of Ashbrooke Care home in Enniskillen are still being relocated after a report damning the conditions for residents at the home.

Northern Ireland's healthcare watchdog the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) told the Belfast Telegraph that the majority of patients have now been placed in alternative accommodation in the Fermanagh area. However they confirmed a small number of residents still remain at the home, which is due to close.

"In order to facilitate the managed placement of the remaining residents at Ashbrooke, today, RQIA has registered the Western Trust to manage a small number of residential care places at this home, for an interim period",  Olive Macleod, RQIA Chief Executive, said.

"This registration will cease and the home will close when the remaining residents are placed in alternative accommodation.”

"The ongoing safety and wellbeing of everyone who was living at Ashbrooke continues to be of paramount importance to RQIA," Ms Macleod said.

An RQIA inspection last month found that conditions at the home on Old Tempo Road posed a "serious risk to the life, health and wellbeing of all those living at Ashbrooke, and that assurances from the provider were not sufficient to address the risks identified".

The unannounced inspection found that there was a bad smell at the care home, with fire risks, concerns about staffing and a lack of clarity about management.

Last month Runwood Homes, the organisation that ran Ashbrooke Care Home, said that it would pursue all "legal remedies" to keep the care home open.

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