Troubled home is emptied following concerns over care

TROUBLED Heath Bank Nursing Home closed today after the last residents were moved into alternative accommodation.

It is the culmination of grave concerns over the care given to elderly people at the home on Linden Road, Halifax.

The Care Quality Commission recently withdrew Heath Bank’s nursing home registration.

It is still registered as a residential home and talks are ongoing into its future.

Council cabinet member with responsibility for care homes, Bob Metcalfe, said the home had 26 residents, all of which had nursing needs, and the last four left today.

NHS staff along with council officers have been working with families to meet a CQC deadline for removals.

“It has been a difficult and sensitive exercise to relocate these residents to other homes,” said Coun Metcalfe (Lab, Town).

“And, it is very sad that this situation has arisen.”

The CQC had earlier issued improvement and compliance actions and five nurses were suspended.

Early this year the council suspended placements and as the crisis intensified a safeguarding plan was put in place.

Council acting commissioning manager Kevin Sheridan said: “Over the last eight weeks we have been working jointly with the home, NHS Calderdale and the CQC.

“Teams of social workers and nursing staff have worked to find the best options for alternative accommodation.

“Heath Bank staff have responded well to the change in status and made sure that during this period all residents have been cared for and have experienced as little disruption as possible.”

Home owner Philip Bennett said talks were taking place with the authorities about the future potential of Heath Bank, and displaced staff had been found jobs at other homes.