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Hadfield nursing home closes

Oakford Manor Nursing Home in Hadfield.

A Hadfield care home has been closed by its operators Rushliffe Care Group, with residents moved to alternative accommodation.  

They said the decision was taken because of low occupancy at Oakford Manor Nursing Home, where they had been working with external partners to improve standards. 

In a letter to residents and families, the Group said: “Further to our ongoing collaborative working with external partners (the CCGs, local authorities, and the CQC) to support the home to reach acceptable standards; and also, due to low occupancy within the home for the past twelve months, we have made a difficult decision to close the home.”  

Standards had needed to improve at the Newshaw Lane home after a report published in September by the Care Quality Commission had given the home overall rating of inadequate.  

The inspection had found the care, effectiveness, and responsiveness to be good, however safety and leadership were judged to be inadequate with a number of areas of concerns raised including a failure to ensure there were always enough suitably qualified staff.   

The report stated the provider had put people and staff at risk by not following or meeting national guidance in relation to infection prevention and control for the Covid-19 pandemic and had not introduced procedures to detect and control the spread of infection.  

Adding there were widespread and significant shortfalls in the way the service was led.  

High Peak MP Robert Largan contacted Rushcliffe Care Group, Derbyshire County Council and Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group on behalf of concerned residents, families, and staff.  

He sought reassurance that residents would be re-located locally to homes providing a high standard of care, and that staff facing redundancies are given proper support.  

"I know what a challenging time this has been for both staff and residents in care homes, and I would like to put on record my thanks to all those who have striven to provide continued levels of high-quality care throughout the pandemic."  

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: “We’re sorry that the owners of Oakford Manor have decided to close the home.  

“We’ve worked with our partners to support residents and their families and everyone has now been moved to a new home.”   

Hadfield South borough councillor Ed Siddall commented: "As a former member of staff, I am sad to see the home is closing.

"The care they gave my grandma when she was in was outstanding. Hopefully someone will take it over like the former Merseybank Nursing home in Hadfield." 

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