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Northern Ireland nursing home closed to new admissions after care concerns

Owen Mor Care Centre in Londonderry. Credit: Google
Owen Mor Care Centre in Londonderry. Credit: Google

A Londonderry nursing home has been closed to new admissions after a number of concerns were raised about the standard of care at the facility.

The decision was made by the Western Trust after an unannounced inspection by the Regulations and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) earlier this month.

Owen Mor Care Centre is registered to care for up to 81 people with learning disabilities and dementia. It is run by care provider East Eden Ltd.

An RQIA inspector raised concerns around the standard of care recording, medicine management and the staffing and governance arrangements.

Their report found that concerns raised at a previous inspection in November 2018 had not been effectively addressed.

Following the inspection the RQIA issued four failure to comply notices to the home and the Western Trust decided to stop referring patients, pending a review next month.

Inspectors found that patients at the care home had "not received their medicines as prescribed" and that "robust systems were not in place for the safe management of medicines".

The report also raised concerns that due to poor record keeping there were was "no accurate overview of the number and type of wounds occurring in the nursing home or of patients' weights".

An improvement plan is in place and the care home has been given until June 26 to address the concerns.

A Western Trust spokesperson told the BBC that it was working with Owen Mor and the RQIA to "ensure the safety and welfare of the clients who currently reside at the care home".

"An improvement plan has been developed and is being monitored on a daily basis," they said.

A spokesman for Owen Mor said that the care home accepted the failure to comply notices and was working to rectify the issues.

He said Owen Mor was "assiduously working in tandem with the Western Trust to achieve full compliance within six weeks as agreed by the RQIA".

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