Trust launches investigation into care at elderly residential home in Belfast

Health officials have launched an investigation into standards of care at a residential home for the elderly

AN investigation has been launched into standards of care at a home for the elderly on the outskirts of west Belfast.

The South Eastern Heath Trust began the probe after complaints were made about the standards of care at Dunmurry Manor with admissions to the 76-bed care home now suspended.

The trust has written to relatives of those residents living in the home to tell them of the investigation following "a number of concerns raised about the home".

"We were concerned to learn of this and have taken immediate action to investigate and remedy the situation," the Trust said.

"To assure ourselves that care provided is appropriate and to the standard expected we are ensuring that all residents have a care review undertaken with their care manager, family and staff at Dunmurry Manor."

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, the body that regulates care homes, is also reviewing the home following an earlier investigation.

Logan Logeswaran from Runwood Homes, which owns Dunmurry Manor, said it was a "work in progress".

"Runwood Homes have already met with the South East Health and Social Care Trust and the Trust are carrying out individual resident reviews," he told the BBC.

"This is continuing without major disruption to the care home.

"With regard to Dunmurry, a new manager has been appointed recently and is working very closely with the care home staff, local authority and other healthcare professionals.

"The manager has also held a relatives meeting and relatives were reassured and updated on the planned action and progress to date.

"The new home manager also reviewed all communication between care home staff and relatives/next of kin, maintaining good relationships with all stakeholders to promote excellent care for the residents who live at Dunmurry."

Dunmurry Manor is also subject to enforcement action from the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, the body that regulates care homes, and it has until next month to comply with certain regulations.

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