Belfast Telegraph

Enniskillen care home faces new criticism by regulator

By Victoria O'Hara

A nursing home has been heavily criticised by Northern Ireland's health regulators after management failed to make necessary improvements in care, despite the problems being previously raised.

The Graan Abbey nursing home in Enniskillen provides care to more than 80 elderly people. It was assessed by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) in April after a whistleblower contacted them.

Inspectors found some patients dressed in day clothes but still in bed by mid-morning, as staff did not have time to move them to the day room. There were also concerns regarding unattended medication and cold food being served.

A further care inspection, undertaken in June, identified ongoing concerns in relation to the practices.

The nursing home has now been served with an enforcement notice.

A spokesman for the healthcare watchdog said: "On 16 June 2015, RQIA issued one notice of failure to comply with regulations to the home in relation to restraint, with compliance required by August 18, 2015. The safety and wellbeing of all patients at The Graan Abbey remains of paramount importance to RQIA, and we continue to monitor this service through our regulatory activities."

The owner of Carewell Homes, Tom McCaffrey, said the business "had complied with all nursing home and residential home regulations".

He told the BBC: "We are continuing to provide the highest standard of care to our clients and in accordance to their assessed needs and wishes, at Graan Abbey, Millcroft and Millverne."

The Home has 30 days to make representation to RQIA.

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