Care home criticised for lack of fire safety

Posted 21/03/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

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Fire safety hazards have been found after an inspection at Sandridge House Care Home in Ascot and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) heavily criticised the care home. In the inspection report, it was found that the previous fire risk assessment was conducted on 14th October 2014, the risk assessment stated that the building was “insufficient, inadequate and deficient in a number of areas.” The inspection report stated:

  • No detailed reference of how less able/disabled people would be managed safely in an event of a fire. Up to 15 people were considered to be wholly dependent on wheelchairs at the care home.
  • Most bedrooms and all en-suites had no emergency lighting. The emergency lighting that was found in the building was very dimly lit causing risks for residents with impaired vision or dementia.
  • There was no fire detection system installed in any en-suites and some bedrooms.
  • No clearly marked fire action or evacuation floor plan in accordance with guidance from fire authorities.
  • The ground floor fire escape route goes through a resident’s bedroom, once evacuated the building there is no external lighting or signage.
  • A wooden gate was padlocked and contravened fire safety legislation, the report requested this to be removed immediately.

A person was nominated as there is no legal responsibility for the fire safety and no clear effective management processes in plane to lower fire hazards. The concerns of the investigators were passes on to the local fire authority. Naila Nanji, group manager of Sandridge House said “We consider the safety and well-being of our residents as our primary concern. Furthermore, all major concerns have been addressed and we consider that none of the residents are at any significant risk. We have a new senior management team in place since the inspection and their primary focus is on quality of care being delivered to our residents and they are observing and monitoring this daily.”

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