A care watchdog has issued enforcement action against a Leeds nursing home for failing to manage patients’ medicines safely.
The latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into standards of care at The Gables Nursing Home in Pudsey has led to the issuing of a warning notice to improve. Bosses at Leeds City Council have suspended admissions to the home, which cares for up to 23 older people.
CQC inspectors said they witnessed a patient refuse morning medication, but their care notes stated they had taken it. They also found a cupboard full of controlled drugs which were not being prescribed - some had not been used since November 2012. The report said: “Keeping controlled drugs for excessive periods of time increases the risk of these medicines being abused. This risk was increased because there was no evidence the controlled drugs had been checked since November 2012.”
The home was also told improvements were needed to meet patients’ dietary needs but it did meet standards in staffing, cleanliness and care of patients. The unannounced inspection, on July 3, was a follow-up of shortfalls found in a November inspection.
A CQC spokeswoman said significant improvements had been made but further work was needed to manage medicines. She said the home had submitted an action plan and was working with its local NHS pharmacist .
A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “The Gables remains suspended for new admissions and unannounced visits are being carried out by the council’s adult social care monitoring officers.” A spokesman for The Gables said: “We are aware of the subject matter of the CQC’s concerns and are working closely with the CQC to ensure these are met. We are pleased to note that following a thorough inspection we met all other care and welfare requirements.”