Unannounced inspections reveal 'significant' concerns' at Fife care home

Two visits in three days prompt improvements
Gowrie House Care Home in West Albert Road, Kirkcaldy.Gowrie House Care Home in West Albert Road, Kirkcaldy.
Gowrie House Care Home in West Albert Road, Kirkcaldy.

An unannounced inspection of a care home in Kirkcaldy revealed “significant concerns” over cleanliness and proper use of PPE.

The issues affecting Gowrie Nursing Home - which is registered to care for 60 elderly residents - were detailed in a report to the Scottish Parliament today.

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It said inspectors made an immediate return and noted “significant progress” but stated care and support was still weak in several areas.

The home is run by Roseguard Properties Limited, which is a member of the Four Seasons Health Care Group.

The service is in administration and is currently managed by Belsize Healthcare (Scotland) Ltd, which has been appointed by the administrator.

Inspectors carried out an unannounced visit on July 8.

They identified “significant concerns” relating to the cleanliness of the environment, proper use of PPE, social distancing, infection prevention and control practices and staff knowledge, training and awareness of COVID-19.

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The report stated that a “serious concern letter” was issued outlining the immediate action that the home had to take.

Inspectors returned just two days later and noted “significant progress” had been made to address concerns in relation to staff practice and the correct wearing of PPE.

Progress had also been made with social distancing to minimise the risk of cross infection of staff and residents, and some progress in the overall cleanliness of the building.

The report added: “However, there remained areas of the building that still required further attention, and our requirement about cleanliness of the building will remain in place”

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A third visit is planned to ensure that “immediate improvements are put in place.”

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership has been informed.

The home owners have been contacted for comment.

The inspection rated the home as weak for people’s health and wellbeing; infection prevention and control practices, and staffing arrangements.

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