Langcraigs Care Home, which the buyers Meallmore who were not the highest bidders, failed to fulfil their promise to open it shortly after they bought it. Pictures by Bill Heaney
By Democrat reporter
Dumbarton care homes are under close scrutiny following the bad report West Dunbartonshire Council’s Health and Social Care Committee received from the Care Inspectorate.
The news emerged after it was disclosed that further problems have been reported to management at Castle View in Glasgow Road.
The home has been closed to new admissions at a time when the Council-run care home at Crosslet has a long waiting list for old people seeking placements.
And when Langcraigs Home in the Gooseholm has been razed to the ground despite assurances when the Council sold it for £250,000 less than they would have received from a house builder that it would come immediately back into use.
The controversial care company Meallmore from Inverness was behind the takeover which Cllr Iain McLaren assured the Council would be smooth and quick and would save money on maintenance costs.
Work on starting a completely new home is due to start this month, but there appears to have been been no public notice of a change in plans.
Or moves to give the public any idea of what it would look like and how it would operate.
Or whether there would be any adjustment in the price being paid by Meallmore which led to the deficit in the amount received by the Council.
Care managers say Castle View – formerly Grampian – has once again been closed to new admissions, following a repeat of failures revealed in May.
A staff member was suspended on July 30 and another is subject to an internal investigation currently.
Owners HC-One confirmed they have brought in an interim manager from the regional team to take over as they try to bring the crisis under control.
At a meeting of the care monitoring committee the West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), it was revealed that bosses had sought to close the home to new admissions once more, over a “reocurrence of issues”.
They had been working with the HSCP, to address issues which had arisen surrounding the care of patients.
Management at Castle View had already closed to new admissions in June after the Care Inspectorate launched an investigation.
They been working with the HSCP to address the issues which emerged but the partnership heard last Wednesday that the Castlegreen Street facility was now no longer accepting new patients for the second time.
The home was described as previously having experienced “a significant number of issues across a wide spectrum of care”.
A joint HSCP and Care Inspectorate report revealed in June that there were 13 areas of concern at the home, including infection control practice, staff knowledge on tissue viability and lack of a systematic approach to reporting risk.
A spokeswoman for West Dunbartonshire HSCP refused to speak to The Democrat, but told another local newspaper: : “West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership has been working closely with the management and owners of Castle View Care Home, and the Care Inspectorate to implement improvements to ensure the best possible care for residents, and provide support to families and staff.
“The owners recently notified us of their intention to impose a voluntary moratorium on new admissions and we will continue to work in partnership with all parties to ensure all improvements are actioned swiftly.”
A spokesman for Castle View Care Home claimed residents were their top priority, saying: “Providing high quality, kind care is of the utmost importance to us, and our staff work hard to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our residents.
“We were therefore disappointed by West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s findings, and we took steps quickly to reassure them of our actions to deliver the high standards expected of us and which we aspire to.
“We immediately suspended one staff member once concerns were raised about their conduct and another is under investigation. We have also decided to put the home under a voluntary embargo until we have the opportunity to work with the council to reassure them about our quality assurance processes.
“Our experienced regional team will work closely with the home to oversee this plan, and one colleague from the regional team will take on the post of home manager until a permanent replacement can be found.”