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CHANGES NEEDED: Amersham care home told it ‘requires improvement’ to ensure safety of residents

 Published on: 7th July 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A care home in Amersham has been told it “requires improvement” in order to ensure the safety of residents.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) released the findings of its recent inspection of Pratt House, which is run by the Abbeyfield group, last month.

It showed that residents, of which there are 17, were not always kept safe by Pratt House’s services which meant there was “was an increased risk that people could be harmed”.

A specific instance of concern during the inspection included a person with a pressure wound not being repositioned in bed at the frequency outlined by the district nurse.

Whilst the handover recorded indicated staff were informed, the risk assessment was not updated to reflect the increased risks.

Another incident was when a resident left the home and was supported to come back by staff, but this was not recorded as an incident and there was no risk assessment in place to outline how the risk of leaving the home unsupervised was to be managed.

Pratt House told the inspectors they had taken action to mitigate these issues once the inspection had concluded.

While the inspectors said the home was clean, they added they were “not fully assured that the provider was using PPE effectively and safely” and that they also “were not fully assured that the provider was meeting shielding and social distancing rules”.

Despite the care home’s shortcomings, residents and relatives told the inspectors they were happy with the care and support provided and there were plenty of other positives.

To read the full review, visit


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