Ilford care home safety found ‘inadequate’

House where the incident took place

House where the incident took place - Credit: Archant

A care home in Ilford where a resident received “life-threatening” injuries in August has been told it must improve the safety of its care.

Following unannounced visits on September 14 and 16, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Sunnyside Care Home, High Road, as “inadequate” in the safety category and graded it as “requires improvement” overall.

The report found that “not all aspects of the service provided were safe”.

Inspectors said “systems were not in place to adequately minimise risk and to ensure that people were supported as safely as possible”.

In August, resident Leon Fraser suffered 40 per cent burns to his body, in an incident which is under investigation.


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Afterwards, the London Fire Brigade issued the care home with an enforcement notice and found the care home was failing to “take general fire precautions to ensure the safety of persons on the premises”.

The brigade ordered the care home to comply with requirements, including adequate safety training for staff, by October 16.

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The CQC’s report, published last month, found the home was addressing the issues, with new measures which included replacing all fire detectors and providing additional fire safety training for staff.

But the report said the provider’s health and safety checks were “not robust as these issues had not been identified in their health and safety or fire monitoring”.

Inspectors found the home required improvement at providing an effective, responsive and well-led service, but also that it was good at providing a caring service.

They observed that “people were supported by kind and caring staff who treated them with respect”.

The CQC has not taken formal enforcement and will check action is taken to ensure people are safely supported.

The Recorder has approached the care home for comment.

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