A private company is appealing against the deregistration of a Northamptonshire care home where residents were found to be at risk.
Active Care Partnership Ltd, a subsidiary of the Southern Cross Healthcare Group PLC was ordered to hand over control of the Alton Centre care home in Knuston Spinney, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire on 15 August to Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Teaching Primary Care Trust.
Serious concerns emerged about the safety and welfare of residents including management of medication and wound care during an inspection on 6 August. The Commission for Social Care Inspection said poor standards posed a “serious and immediate risk” to residents.
The council and the PCT sent in a team of nurses and carers to work with and supervise the home’s own staff in caring for the 28 residents, who have physical disabilities and need nursing care.
Active Care Partnership Ltd made an application to the High Court to try to overturn CSCI’s cancellation order. But at a High Court hearing on 14 August, the judge ordered the transfer of responsibility to stand until the outcome of the company’s appeal.
The CSCI said it would contest the appeal which began today.