I feel I must remind readers of my motivation here. I present this as information which can be used to compare with reports of alleged crises in health care in Scotland and the lies and misinformation propagated by members of the opposition and the MSM to undermine the Scottish Government.
As one care home in Scotland (in Skye) hits the headlines, 21 have been reported by the Care Quality Commission, in the last month alone, as failing on infection control across England to, as far as I can see, media silence. I have not check for reports earlier than one month ago but it seems likely that this is the tip of a very unpleasant iceberg.
This news follows the revelation that the proportion of deaths in English care homes is 62% higher than in Scotland:
I have the data with the details of the homes, urls and the comments on infection control, in a 9-page Word file should anyone want to check but here is a flavour of the reports:
Avon Care Homes Limited The Wells Nursing Home Henton Wells Somerset Date of inspection visit: 26 February 2020 28 February 2020 03 March 2020 Date of publication: 27 April 2020
Preventing and controlling infection: People were not always being protected from the potential spread of infection. Staff were seen moving between areas of the home wearing the same pair of disposable gloves or aprons. By not changing these between areas and washing hands they were removing the effectiveness of them.
Abi Oduyelu Nightingale House Crowstone Road Westcliff On Sea Essex Date of inspection visit: 05 March 2020 Date of publication: 14 May 2020
Preventing and controlling infection: The environment was not clean. The home employed a cleaner for five days however, the manager told us this was not enough to keep the home clean. The manager told us, “The cleaner only does 9 am until p.m. I have said to the owner it’s not enough.” The home did not follow infection control measures. For example, we found dried faeces on toilet seats throughout the home as well as faeces in waste-paper bins.
Holly Tree Lodge Holly Tree Lodge 122 Spring Road Kempston Bedford Bedfordshire Date of inspection visit: 07 November 2019 08 November 2019 11 November 2019 12 November 2019 Date of publication: 23 April 2020
Preventing and controlling infection: The home was not clean. We found multiple infection control risks about the home. The kitchen had ingrained dirt, grease and stains on walls, shelves, skirting boards, pipes and the top of surfaces. The cooker extraction hoods were not working, when we tried them, due to a broken button and excessive grease and debris. The last infection control audit was dated 08 February 2017. The registered manager said they do not test for the risk of legionella, which can cause serious illness and even death if contracted. This placed people at risk of infection, disease and other illnesses.
Cephas Care Limited Dunsland Paston Road Mundesley Norfolk Date of inspection visit: 17 February 2020 Date of publication: 27 April 2020
Preventing and controlling infection: At our last two inspections, risks to people and the care environment in relation to cleanliness and preventing the spread of infection were not well managed. This placed people at risk of harm. Enough improvement had not been made at this inspection and the provider remained in breach of regulation 12. Areas of the service remained unclean, and we found staff were not routinely checking the condition of people’s bedrooms and bathrooms at regular intervals during each shift.