‘They’ve got a job to do but they should think of the patients’

Colin Pratley is concerned police investigation will disrupt resident's care at Elm View Care Home, Skircoat, Halifax'Pictured with a painting he did of Rita

Colin Pratley is concerned police investigation will disrupt resident's care at Elm View Care Home, Skircoat, Halifax'Pictured with a painting he did of Rita

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A MAN whose wife is in a care home that is being investigated by police has voiced concern about the disruption the inquiry has caused.

Colin Pratley, of Skircoat Green in Halifax, says the arrival of police, council and health investigators at Elm View Nursing Home, off Huddersfield Road in Halifax, led to meals being delayed and upset for residents.

He has been visiting his wife Rita twice a day since she moved into the home four years ago.

When he arrived on the day authorities went into the home, his wife had not been moved from her wheelchair to an armchair because there were no staff to use the hoist.

“It’s the disruption that they have caused that concerns me,” he said,

“I understand they have a job to do but they could have put in more thought.”

In a joint statement, Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale said every effort had been made to keep disruption to a minimum.

“Calderdale Council, NHS Calderdale and the police acted swiftly when it became clear that there were concerns about the standards of care at Elm View,” said a spokesman.

Safety

“The first priority is the safety and welfare of residents.

“Additional support staff have been brought in to work with staff at the home to help raise standards.

“Whilse we cannot comment on individual cases, every effort has been made to ensure that, during the initial investigation and the current work to improve standards, disruption to residents has been kept to a minimum.”

Descended

As reported by the Courier, police descended on the home with staff from NHS Calderdale and Calderdale Council on Friday, October 7.

They said Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale had identified a number of concerns at the nursing home over the past weeks in relation to the treatment and care of residents at the home.

The council has stopped referring people to the home.