Tyne & Wear

Rosewood Care fined over failures at Gateshead home

A Tyneside care home provider has been issued with two £4,000 fines for failing to properly manage medication given to elderly residents.

The owners of Rosewood House in Gateshead were twice warned last year by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors to improve standards.

But spot-checks showed no improvements and further problems were found with the reporting of accidents.

Rosewood Care LLP accepted the £8,000 penalty and pledged to boost standards.

'Great concern'

During unannounced inspections in April and May, CQC staff found unreplenished medicine supplies meaning some residents had to go without treatment, poor record keeping and ineffective monitoring of accidents.

Malcolm Bower-Brown, CQC's director in the North said: "It is a provider's legal duty to ensure that it has appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines in a safe way.

"It was a matter of great concern that we found that residents of Rosewood House were not receiving medication properly and that standards of care had not improved.

"Although the provider has now taken action to achieve compliance, we will keep Rosewood Care LLP under review."

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