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BIRMINGHAM: Several people at risk of choking at Inadequate Selly Oak care home

BIRMINGHAM: Several people at risk of choking at Inadequate Selly Oak care home

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A Birmingham care home has been placed into special measures after inspectors found that several residents were at risk of choking.

Bournbrook Manor Home Ltd in Selly Park is a residential care home providing personal care to 19 younger and older people, with a capacity of 29.

It had previously been rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), but was visited again in July for a four-day inspection.

And the home’s rating has now been downgraded to ‘Inadequate’, with specific concerns raised over the risk of choking and the lack of fire safety.

“Following the first day of inspection we identified significant concerns in relation to fire safety and choking risks,” the report notes.

“We told the provider we were considering urgent action and they were required to give us a response. The response we received from the manager alerted us that someone else may be at risk of choking, therefore we returned to the home to review all 19 people’s care plans and risk assessments in relation to choking risks.

“We identified an additional three people who were potentially at risk of choking without any care plan or risk assessment in place. This meant five people were at risk of choking.

“Two people had been referred to external agencies to assess their choking risk but there was no outcome or recommendations recorded. This placed people at significant risk of harm.”

Inspectors also identified three people at risk of seizures at the home, despite being told by the manager that nobody was at risk of seizures, while there was also ‘no general cleaning schedules, no high touch cleaning schedules, no record of cleaning, no temperature checks recorded for staff or people and no consistent record of when staff were tested for COVID-19 and what the outcome was.’

When asked for comment a spokesperson for the home said that they were working with the CQC to address the issues raised during the inspection, with the home due to be re-inspected within six months.

Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter

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