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Runwood falls foul of inspectors again over issues with medicine at Northern Ireland home

Edwin Poots
Edwin Poots

By Lisa Smyth

A company that has repeatedly failed to provide safe provision for its elderly care home residents is in trouble with health inspectors again.

Potentially harmful issues with medication were uncovered during an inspection of Glenabbey Manor in Newtownabbey last week, and it also emerged that while management was aware of issues, appropriate action to address the problems had not been taken.

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), Northern Ireland's health watchdog, has hit management of the home with a 'failure to comply' notice as a result.

It comes just seven months after the home was ordered to stop admitting new residents amid concerns about the safety of people living there.

A report from the regulator following the September 3 inspection discovered medication records were not being kept properly.

It could not be ascertained whether medication being given to one resident was currently prescribed, while the inspector was unable to tell whether another resident was getting the correct dosage of warfarin.

The drug is used to help prevent the formation of blood clots and can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.

The RQIA report continued: "The management of medication changes and omissions was not robust.

"There were duplicate supplies of some medicines on the medicine trolley, which could result in the resident being administered some medicines twice.

"The outcome of the inspection gave rise to concerns regarding the competency and capability of care team managers."

It is the latest damning indictment of the care being provided at a range of homes owned by Runwood Homes, which raked in £44 million from the health service for providing care over a three-year period.

Former DUP Health Minister Edwin Poots said: "I would implore Runwood Homes to do whatever it takes to rebuild confidence in the company.

"If they can't get their house in order, then it's time for the department, health trusts and RQIA to step in."

Runwood Homes said: "We have been working with the RQIA to ensure that our drugs management and medical record regimes are more robust and that every member of staff is fully aware and in compliance with all regulations at all times.

"There has been a turnover of staff at Glenabbey Manor over the past six months which has been challenging for medical management in terms of training and the imbedding of protocols."

Runwood Homes added: "However, we are now on top of this and can confirm that no resident has suffered any ill-effects and all staff are now fully compliant with all training."

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