Police probe into care home ‘abuse’ claims

Beaumont Care Home in Stamford Bridge. Picture Courtesy of Google Maps.
Beaumont Care Home in Stamford Bridge. Picture Courtesy of Google Maps.

A Stamford Bridge care home is being investigated by police following allegations of abuse.

Beaumont Care Home is under investigation following inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in August and September.

The CQC report covering the visits was published on Tuesday 14 November.

During and following the visits inspectors contacted the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) safeguarding and quality monitoring teams for feedback and to update them about their findings where they had concerns for people’s safety.

The report revealed that a whistle-blower at the home, on Buttercrambe Road, had told the CQC of several allegations of abuse and Humberside Police is now investigating these claims along with ERYC.

The care home, run by which is run by Barchester Healthcare, looks after up to 107 older people, some of whom were living with dementia.

The inspections found a number of failings, including:

l Residents at risk of dehydration or malnutrition were not cared for appropriately

l Insufficient numbers of staff on duty to meet people’s needs

l A lack of effective leadership

l One resident was overdue an injection for a lifelong condition

The care home was found to be either inadequate or requires improvement in five different areas.

In a joint statement, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Humberside Police said: “We are working alongside our partner agencies in relation to allegations surrounding safeguarding issues at the care home.

“Investigations are currently ongoing into these.

“A dedicated team of social care staff are continuing to work closely with residents, their families, the care provider and partner agencies to ensure the safety and ongoing care needs of residents are being met and appropriate improvements to care standards are made and sustained.”

A spokesman for Barchester Healthcare said: “We take the findings of the Care Quality Commission very seriously and we recognise that changes need to be made in the home as the report identified.

“We have implemented a comprehensive plan clearly outlining the immediate steps being taken to ensure these improvements in our services are swiftly achieved.

“Extra training for staff is being provided to address issues raised in the report and there is an active recruitment programme in place.

“We would like to reassure every one of our commitment to provide the highest quality of care to those living at Stamford Bridge Beaumont and to emphasise that their health and wellbeing is at the forefront of everything we do.”