Care home probe after faeces on tablecloth claim

Inspectors rated Livingston Care Home 'weak'. Picture: Scott Taylor
Inspectors rated Livingston Care Home 'weak'. Picture: Scott Taylor
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A NURSING home in West Lothian is being investigated over serious hygiene concerns following allegations that a tablecloth with faeces on it was used at a dining table.

The Care Inspectorate confirmed it was monitoring Livingston Care Home on Bankton Gardens after a complaint against the 24-hour care facility was upheld.

Provider Four Seasons Health Care was issued with an improvement notice over the home’s condition on 
September 13.

An inspection carried out in May rated standards as “weak” in areas of quality of care and support, environment and staffing. It was the third successive inspection where conditions had been judged below acceptable standards.

Uncovered and undated food, bags of rubbish left on the floor and a treatment room used to store medicine that was not clean and contained dirty trolleys and floors were among concerns.

West Lothian Council has now introduced a ban on sending new residents to the home.

Peter Johnston, SNP group leader on West Lothian Council and an NHS Lothian board non-executive member, said: “There are pretty serious concerns about that home.

“It was alleged to me that in one incident subject to a complaint, elderly residents were sitting around a table for a meal and there was excrement on a cloth while they were waiting to be fed. Clearly that is so disgusting it’s wholly unacceptable. To imagine anyone having to put up with such conditions is shocking.”

The 58-room home opened in 2002 and provides care to elderly residents suffering from physical ailments and mild dementia.

A Care Inspectorate spokeswoman said: “Livingston Care Home has had a complaint upheld about the quality of its environment. Issues were also raised about the quality of its environment during a recent inspection.”

A statement issued by Four Seasons said: “We regret that in this instance some aspects of the care at Livingston Care Home fell below the standards we expect to deliver. Our priority is to ensure the wellbeing of residents and a comprehensive improvement plan is being implemented.”

The health provider said “strengthened management oversight” had been put in place.

The damning report was issued with the Care Inspectorate having shut nearby Pentland Hill nursing home to new admissions last month. Police are investigating four deaths at the facility.

dale.miller@edinburghnews.com