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Inverness care home has tackled issues

By Louise Glen

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Significant improvements have been made at an Inverness care home, the Scottish Government has heard.

Last week, a report before Scottish ministers said concerns about the cleanliness of Southside Care Home, on Southside Road, after an unannounced visit by the Care Inspectorate, had been resolved.

The Care Inspectorate has been carrying out a number of inspections focused on infection prevention and control, personal protective equipment and staffing in care settings.

At the visit on August 12 and 13 to the home, inspectors found a catalogue of issues, including dirty equipment and toilet seats, with staff telling inspectors they did not have enough scheduled time to undertake all the cleaning that was required. Home owner Southside Care Home Limited, was told to make improvements by September 6.

The report continued: “When we visited on 7 September 2020, we found that cleaning schedules had been revised. There had been a deep clean of the service, and the standard of cleanliness of premises and equipment had improved.

“Repairs and maintenance to the building had commenced, which made cleaning easier and decreased the potential risk for infection. Staff had a greater understanding of current guidance and infection control procedures.

“Some people’s health and care needs had been evaluated. Consequently, those care plans contained sufficient detail to enable staff to meet people’s health and care needs.”

The report went on: “The service had taken steps to make sure there were enough staff to complete enhanced cleaning which minimised the risk of

cross infection and helped keep people safe from harm.

“Staff testing for Covid-19 was being undertaken in line with guidance.”

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