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Nursing home shuts after a no-warning quality inspection

By Staff Reporter

Twenty elderly residents must be found new accommodation urgently after a Portadown nursing home closed suddenly in the wake of a no-warning inspection by a quality watchdog.

Troubled Glenview Nursing Home closed yesterday after an unannounced inspection found serious issues with the operation of the Bleary Road facility.

It’s understood that the RQIA inspection took place on Thursday, and that the owner of the home informed the Southern Health and Social Care Trust later that day that the home would be closed.

The residents will now be found safe alternative accommodation by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.   “The Trust has assigned individual key workers to work closely with each of the residents of Glenview Private Care Home and their families, to find alternative accommodation so they can receive safe, high quality care in a suitable environment which meets their individual needs,” a spokesman said.

In 2015 an RQIA inspection found serious issues at the Glenview home, saying there was no evidence of robust cleaning schedules or supervision to guide the work of the domestic assistants, and that insufficient numbers of staff had received up-to-date training in infection prevention and control.

The home also lacked an active system of infection control audits to monitor quality. The RQIA also said the environment of the home was “not fit for purpose”.

A police investigation is also under way. The PSNI said: “An investigation is ongoing into allegations relating to a nursing home in Portadown.

“This is being jointly investigated by detectives in PSNI’s Public Protection Branch and specially trained social workers from Southern Health and Social Care Trust.”

Last night, local DUP MP David Simpson said: “The closure of the home will be a huge blow to families and many in the local area. 

“This is obviously a very distressing time for them but their safety and wellbeing is paramount and I will continue to work with the Trust to ensure suitable facilities are identified as soon as possible.

“I want to assure those families that I will do everything that I can to see that their loved ones are found suitable alternative accommodation.”

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