Bute care home closure sought

Craigard Residential Home.
Craigard Residential Home.

The Care Inspectorate has launched court proceedings to cancel a Bute care home’s registration as a care facility after an inspection raised serious concerns about its service.

Following an unannounced inspection by the Care Inspectorate on September 28, Craigard was ordered to carry out a number of improvements to the service in order to meet the requirements of Section 62 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010. Having failed to do so in the time frame given, the Care Inspectorate is now seeking an order in the sheriff court to cancel the home’s registration as a care service.

This is a step which is only taken when there is believed to be a ‘serious risk to the life, health or wellbeing of people’.

Included in the list of required improvements were:

- the implementation of systems to assess, monitor and manage risks to residents;

- ensuring health and welfare needs are met with regard to the administration of medication;

- ensuring protocols are developed to guide staff with use of medication which is prescribed on a ‘when required’ basis for stress and distress reactions of residents;

- establish systems to ensure and evidence that residents are supported to bathe regularly to maintain personal hygiene, minimise risk of infection, and maintain dignity.

The full inspection report is available here.

The 12 residents and their families were informed of the decision earlier this week, and we understand several have made enquiries to be moved to alternative accommodation elsewhere on the island and the mainland.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “We inspected Craigard in September and that inspection raised serious concerns about the quality of care provided to residents of the home.

“We served an Improvement Notice on the care home, clearly laying out the areas which required immediate improvement in order to protect residents and ensure their care reached a standard they have a right to expect.

“Despite our extensive efforts to ensure improvement at Craigard, the care provided at this home is unacceptable and our view is that residents will be at serious risk if the home remains open. We are therefore seeking an order in the sheriff court, cancelling the registration of the care service under S65 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

“It is extremely rare for us to take action of this nature and we do so only when we must protect people from harm.

“We will work closely with colleagues at Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership to ensure that residents’ needs are met and that appropriate contingency plans are in place to ensure continuity of care. We understand this will be a really worrying time for relatives and their families.

“Everyone in Scotland has the right to safe, compassionate care which meets their needs and respects their rights.

“Anyone with a concern can contact our helpline on 0345 600 9527.”