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Yanwath Care Home to Close

News of the closure of Yanwath Care Home, in Yanwath, Penrith, comes as inspectors are visiting the home for the third time in four months. The last inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was only made public earlier this month, although it was carried out at the beginning of February.

That report followed concerns raised in relation to the management of medicines within the home. The unannounced inspection saw a team from the CQC visit the home in conjunction with a pharmacist. It looked at the arrangements for the handling of medicines, following concerns raised at previous inspections.

The report states: “We also carried out the visit to check on arrangements for the improvement of the handling of medicines following information we received about a recent medication error.”

While the inspection team was unable to speak to residents of the home “due to their frailty”, it looked at care plans, medicines records and supplies. It concluded: “Overall we found that people who used the service did not receive their medicines in a safe way.”

The CQC has now taken enforcement action to “protect the health, safety and welfare” or people at the home.

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The home will not be closed until the final resident is re-housed appropriately.