Northern Ireland

Co Tyrone care home slated by watchdog to remain open after new management found

The Valley Nursing Home in Co Tyrone is to remain open
The Valley Nursing Home in Co Tyrone is to remain open

A CO TYRONE care home described by the health watchdog as "one of the worst" it had ever seen, is to remain open after new management was appointed.

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) yesterday confirmed the Valley Nursing Home in Clogher would continue to care for its 70 residents after a new provider with a "proven track record" in making improvements was found.

On New Year's Eve it emerged the facility had been ordered to close by the regulator following a string of poor inspections over the previous year.

The home provides nursing residential care to people with a range of complex needs, including stroke survivors and dementia patients.

Olive MacLeod, RQIA chief executive, said in December the home "was one of the worst we have seen in Northern Ireland" and that patients had been "failed by management".

"This is a legal notice to close this home," she told the BBC.

However, Ms MacLeod said yesterday the new management would seek to overhaul the facility in order to improve staffing care standards.

"This is good news for the Valley’s patients, their families and staff at the home who have been failed by the previous management of the home," she said.