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12 August 2015
Following a decision at Luton magistrates’ court on Friday 7 August, resulting in the closure of Old Village School, a privately owned nursing home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, all the residents have been safely moved to new accommodation.
The decision to close the home came after concerns were raised which led to a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in June followed by a report which listed serious failings. CQC issued a notice removing the home’s registration as a care location which forced it to close as soon as residents could be safely moved to alternative nursing care and accommodation.
In recent days staff from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) and nursing teams from South Essex partnership Trust (SEPT) have been providing round-the-clock support at the home to ensure that residents were being properly cared for.
Local health and council services have collaborated to transfer all residents of the Old Village School Nursing Home to new accommodation that will meet their care needs.
Anne Murray, Director of Nursing and Quality at BCCG said:
“Our staff worked closely with local authority colleagues, nursing teams and other care and support staff to ensure all residents were assessed so they could be placed in the most appropriate settings to meet their individual needs. We have worked with residents’ families to find alternative, safe placements and appreciate their patience and support in challenging circumstances as we arranged the move to new homes for some very vulnerable people.”
By Saturday afternoon, all residents had been successfully moved.
Julie Ogely, Director of Adult Social Care, Health and Housing at Central Bedfordshire Council says: “This was a real team effort by local health services and the council. Nurses, dieticians, therapists, care professionals and transport representatives pulled out all the stops to prioritise the wellbeing of these residents in challenging circumstances. I thank everyone involved for their incredible contributions and support. Of course our duty of care doesn’t end there: we will follow up residents to see that they are settled and well cared for in their new placements”