Mental health patients at risk after Moston care facility fails to update examinations

A mental health facility in Moston has been slammed by health authorities after a diabetic patient was allowed to eat sugary snacks and another needed emergency hospital treatment.

Brierley Court, which provides care for people with ‘severe mental health needs’, were using out of date treatment plans when the incident happened.

This lapse allowed one of the two diabetic patients to purchase sugary goods while on escorted leave, putting them at risk of hyperglycaemia.

Another diabetic patient was discovered to not be taking their medication which resulted in numerous emergency hospital visits.

After taking over the care home, provider Partnerships in Care failed to give patients updated examinations and only checked out new arrivals.

Now, watchdog Care Quality Commission has said the facility ‘requires improvement’ after an inspection.

A spokesperson for provider said: “At the time of the CQC inspection Partnerships in Care had owned Brierley Court for four months.

“The CQC noted a number of areas for improvement and we immediately took steps to address these and we have continued to make significant improvements.”

Inspectors however identified that there was nothing in the risk register to assess the potential risks that came with the transition between service providers.

The facility had also been flagged for its record keeping and the report stated that patients admitted under the facilities’ previous owners had no clear care plans in place.

Inspectors found that staff were not only untrained in treating diabetes but were also missing basic mandatory training.

The report revealed that only 15 out of 37 staff had up-to-date training on the mental health act, while only six were up to date on infection control methods.

Inspectors also raised concern that the layout of the facility prevented staff from being able to see all parts of the ward.

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