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Nursing home given six weeks to deal with concerns

Owen Mor said it was working to address the issues raised
Seamus McKinney

A NURSING home in Derry has been given six weeks to address a series of concerns after it was closed to new admissions following an inspection.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust has stopped referring patients to Owen Mor care home in Culmore following the Regulations and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) inspection.

Four failure to comply notices were served on the home following an unannounced inspection. Among concerns highlighted were that residents had not received medicines as prescribed. Inspectors also expressed concern over record keeping, governance and staffing at the home.

Operated by East Eden Ltd, Owen Mor can care for up to 81 people with dementia or learning disabilities.

A spokesman Owen Mor said it accepted the notices and said the centre was working closely with the Western trust to achieve full compliance.

The Western trust confirmed it was working with management at the home.

“An improvement plan has been developed and is being monitored on a daily basis," a spokesman said.

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