Residents moved out of nursing home to protect their ‘safety and welfare’

Westbury House Nursing Home in West Meon Picture: Google
Westbury House Nursing Home in West Meon Picture: Google
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AROUND 30 people are being moved out of a nursing home after a care watchdog took urgent action.

Westbury House in West Meon has been de-registered by the Care Quality Commission, a Hampshire County Council spokeswoman said.

This is a very unsettling time for residents and their families, and we are doing all we can to minimise the stress and disruption, and to ensure the resulting moves are managed as smoothly as possible

Hampshire County Council

The nursing home provides 24-hour care to dependent people with mental health problems and the elderly.

The CQC is set to publish a full report into its findings.

Deborah Ivanova, deputy chief inspector for adult social care in CQC’s south region, said: ‘We can confirm that CQC is taking urgent action in relation to Westbury House, West Meon, to protect the safety and welfare of people living at the home.

‘CQC is working closely with the local authority and other stakeholders with regard to the care of people using the service. ‘While we are unable to go into further detail at this time, we will publish a full report of our findings in due course. ‘Any action taken by CQC can be open to appeal.’

According to its website, the nursing home has been running as a care facility for more than 30 years, with service users aged between 18 and 65.

The website adds that people it cares for can include those with brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and Huntingdon’s disease.

A spokeswoman from Hampshire County Council said: ‘Following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission which found a number of issues requiring immediate attention, Hampshire County Council is currently supporting the residents of Westbury House nursing home.

‘As the registration of the home has been now cancelled by the CQC, our immediate priority is to ensure residents are safe and being well cared for while alternative living arrangements are put in place.

‘Our care team, alongside healthcare professionals, are currently at the home, and in discussion with individual residents and their families and carers, to determine the best options for the future.

‘This will result in residents moving to new accommodation over the course of the next few days.

‘This is a very unsettling time for residents and their families, and we are doing all we can to minimise the stress and disruption, and to ensure the resulting moves are managed as smoothly as possible.’