Wakefield care home fined £120k after resident falls


A Wakefield care home has been fined £120,000 following an incident during which an 81-year-old resident fell and broke their neck.

On 7th July 2015, Joyce MacDonald, who died in March 2016, fell while walking to the bathroom unaccompanied, which was later revealed to have caused a fracture in her neck leading to a significant decrease in her mobility.

Bupa, who formerly owned West Ridings Care Home, was found guilty of two counts of failing to provide safe care and treatment, according to a BBC report this week.

The care home was also the site of several more incidents including a 65-year-old woman who suffered a deep laceration to her leg following a fall.

The care home was subsequently sold by Bupa and recently received a Requires Improvement rating by the CQC.

The recent report by the CQC showed an improvement in the care homes rating from Inadequate but still noted that there are safety risks.

The report, published on October 31st, 2019, read: “At our last inspection the provider had failed to robustly assess the risks relating to the health, safety and welfare of people and medicines were not managed safely.

“At this inspection, we found enough improvement had been made and the provider was no longer in breach of regulation 12.”

The report noted that while risks were well managed, a more robust system for recording them was needed.

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