Standards Of Care Must Improve At Sunnymead Manor, Lawyer Demands

Inspection Raises Concerns Over Nursing Home

26.11.2010

A Bristol nursing home has been urged by a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell to improve its standards of care following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Sunnymead Manor in Southmead was found to be failing to meet six standards of quality and safety, such as people with dementia being ignored despite calls for help and residents who are unable to clean themselves being found with food on their face and clothing.

Other matters included issues with medicine management and further cleanliness problems with a number of furnishings.

The organisation which manages the site, Mimosa Healthcare Ltd, has been given a week to produce plans on improving standards. In addition, Bristol City Council has suspended admissions to the home and NHS Bristol has sent a clinical team to assess residents.

Jonathan Peacock, a Partner who specialises in cases of neglect at Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office, said: “The concerns raised following the inspection of Sunnymead Manor are very worrying and need to be addressed immediately.

“All residents in care homes, as well as their families, deserve the right to know their welfare is being taken seriously.

“We deal with so many cases of neglect in nursing home and often it is found that serious failings are behind such problems. I hope that the issues raised in relation to Sunnymead Manor are dealt with quickly to ensure that no one’s health is potentially put at risk.”