Care home closed down following inspection highlighting serious failings

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Residents of a care home have been moved to new accommodation following a decision at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Friday to close the facility in Marston moretaine.

The decision to close the Old Village School home came after concerns which led to a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in June followed by a report which listed serious failings. CQC issued a notice removing the privately run home’s registration as a care location forcing it to close as soon as residents could be safely moved to alternative nursing care and accommodation.

Staff from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) and nursing teams from South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT) have been providing round-the-clock support at the home to ensure residents were being properly cared for. Local health and council services have also joined forces to transfer all residents of the Old Village School Nursing Home to new accommodation that will meet their care needs.

Anne Murray, director of Nursing and Quality at BCCG said: “Our staff worked closely with local authority colleagues, nursing teams and other care and support staff to ensure that all residents were assessed so they could be placed in the most appropriate settings to meet their individual needs. We have worked with residents’ families to find alternative, safe placements and we appreciate their patience and support in challenging circumstances as we arranged the move to new homes for some very vulnerable people.”

By Saturday afternoon, all residents had been successfully moved.

Julie Ogley, Director of Adult Social Care, Health and Housing at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “This was a real team effort by local health services and the council. Nurses, dieticians, therapists, care professionals and transport representatives pulled out all the stops to prioritise the wellbeing of these residents in challenging circumstances. I thank everyone involved for their incredible contributions and support. Of course, our duty of care doesn’t end here: we will be following up all the residents to see that they are settled and well cared for in their new placements”