Nailsea care home opens nursing wing in new chapter

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 April 2018

Staff at Sycamore Lodge at the opening of the new nursing wing.

Staff at Sycamore Lodge at the opening of the new nursing wing.

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A care home in Nailsea has opened a new nursing wing to meet the demand for more beds.

Sycamore Lodge, formerly know as The Granary, has opened up the wing to cater for more residents, including those with dementia.

The home in Lodge Lane, which is run by Shaw healthcare, received a good rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an inspection in February, although safety at the home still requires improvement.

The CQC provides an overall rating following an inspection which looks at safety, effectiveness, leadership, care and responsiveness.

Suzanne Hughes from Shaw healthcare said: “It became apparent from conversations with North Somerset Council that additional nursing beds would be very much welcomed and we are thrilled to be able to provide this much-needed service in the area.”

Sycamore Lodge can accommodate up to 78 elderly residents including those with dementia.

Nursing and residential care is provided at the home and the service is tailored to the needs of the resident.

Staff have been working hard to improve health and safety at the home following previous CQC reports.

In October 2016, inspectors found five health and safety breaches. They visited again in March 2017 and found the service was meeting regulations.

In August 2017, concerns were raised about people’s safety in Crofters Lodge – a separate unit which provided treatment for people detained under the Mental Health Act.

The CQC found two breaches of the act and Crofters Lodge was closed in 2017.

Sycamore Lodge’s good rating and name change marks a new chapter for the care home.

A report from the CQC following the most recent inspection stateS: “The service had met its action plan in regards to regulations it had previously breached. People, staff and relatives told us about the improvements made at the service.”

Manager Caroline Carter said: “We’ve worked tirelessly to make improvements and the whole team are absolutely delighted to have achieved the good CQC rating.

“We’ve got a great relationship with our residents and their loved ones, and we’re always looking to improve community links, so if anyone would like to pop in and see the type of care we provide they are welcome to visit.

“Ultimately, we want to deliver the quality of care that we would want for our own loved ones.

“We’re always looking to improve and I’m sure that you’ll hear more good news from us soon.”

Edwin Entwhistle, whose wife is a resident at the home, cut the ribbon to open the new wing.

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