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Eastleigh nursing home care quality 'remains weak'

Eastleigh Care Home
Image caption Southern Cross Healthcare said it was addressing the issues raised

A report into an Aberdeen nursing home at the centre of a police and council investigation found the quality of care was "weak", BBC Scotland has learned.

Eastleigh Care Centre in Peterculter, Aberdeen, is the subject of a complaint about the standard of care, which was lodged in March.

The latest report, carried out by the Care Commission, said no progress had been made since its last inspection.

Eastleigh insisted it had been addressing improvements.

The home suspended two staff members and stopped new admissions in response to the earlier complaint.

Grampian Police have cofirmed that as a result of an investigation a 40-year-old man was charged last month in connection with an assault.

The latest Care Commission report into the running of the home found that the quality of care and support, staffing and management were "weak". The quality of environment was found to be "adequate".

It noted that there had been an increase in injuries to residents as a result of falls and said fall prevention procedures must be put in place.

Despite the Care Commission' s inspection findings, they noted that most people who used the service said they were happy with the care and support provided.

Eastleigh Care Home owners Southern Cross said that "a number of fundamental improvements regarding the provision of care have been made" since they were first inspected in March.

A spokesperson for the nursing home said: "The health and wellbeing of our residents is our number one priority and we will continue to work in partnership with the local authorities, residents and SCSWIS [Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland] to ensure the quality of care at Eastleigh Care Centre is in line with expectations.

"We have worked hard to improve and sustain care delivery at the home and we are confident that the formal feedback from the latest visit to the home by SCSWIS will reflect our progress."

Aberdeen City Council said it was continuing to monitor the situation with the joint agencies.

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