Finsbury Park care home to close after report finds people hadn’t had a bath for THREE MONTHS

Inadequate rating: Osborne Grove Nursing Home in Finsbury Park. Picture: James Morris

Inadequate rating: Osborne Grove Nursing Home in Finsbury Park. Picture: James Morris - Credit: Archant

A Finsbury Park care home where staff didn’t know how to run a bath is to close after a damning inspection report.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited Osborne Grove Nursing Home, in Upper Tollington Park, in March. Among the findings in its latest report were that 16 of 19 residents had not had a bath or a shower since the watchdog’s last visit three months before.

Instead, they had to be washed in their beds. The home has two functional adaptive baths.

The report said: “Three people who were able to walk to the bathroom had regular showers. The other 16 had not had a shower or bath since our last inspection in December 2016.

“The deputy clinical manager and the nurse consultant informed us this was because staff did not know how to use the baths, and that 16 people were unable to sit in a chair in the shower due to physical disability or health reasons.”

The report goes on to detail how the inspector had to step in and help a resident who was “at significant risk of harm”.

It says: “We found from our inspection of care records that a person was suffering from severe constipation. We had to intervene to ask staff to seek urgent treatment for this person, as the lack of oversight of care records by nurses and managers meant they were not aware of this person’s current state of health.”

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The home, on the Islington/Haringey border, is run by Haringey Council. The CQC rated it “inadequate”, the lowest on a scale of four.

A Haringey Council spokesperson said: “We are sorry that standards at Osborne Grove have fallen below the high quality we would expect.

“As soon as we became aware of the issues in the CQC report [in December], we introduced a number of measures to address these.

“Unfortunately, the pace of improvement has not been fast enough and we now believe that it would be in the best interests of all residents for Osborne Grove to close.”

The council said it is consulting with residents and their families about the “next steps”.