Hartlepool care home fined £1,250 over record-keeping failings

Warrior Park Care Home . Picture by FRANK REID
Warrior Park Care Home . Picture by FRANK REID

A care home has been fined £1,250 by a watchdog for record keeping failures.

Warrior Park in Seaton Carew did not tell the Care Quality Commission (CQC) about two separate occasions where residents had experienced grade 3 pressure wounds within the required timescales.

The home also only notified the CQC of seven applications to Hartlepool Borough Council to deprive residents of their liberty in order to care for them since April last year. In fact, the care provider had made 26 applications.

The failures came to light during a recent inspection and followed a review of care records by CQC inspectors and talks with staff.

Debbie Westhead, CQC Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the North, said: “The failures on this occasion to inform CQC of a number of very serious incidents and events, affecting the care provided to people living at the home is unacceptable.”

Warrior Park operator Tamaris Healthcare (England) Limited has paid the fixed penalty notice.

A spokesman for the parent company Four Seasons Health Care said: “We recognise that there were shortcomings in monitoring, care documentation and other records that were uncovered during the inspection.”

He added the fine related to administrative failures not care and said the new manager is carrying out an improvement programme to tackle other issues.