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Resident died after treatment at failing care home


A resident at an inadequate care home died after their blood glucose increased to high levels and staff acted too slowly, a report found.

Inspectors said The Berkshire Care Home in Wokingham breached guidelines in nine areas and must improve. They found residents were put at risk after medicines were not used properly and that records were not up to date.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said an ambulance was only called for the person who died when they were found to be unresponsive. They later died in hospital.

Its report said staff were "not sufficiently skilled" to safely care for people with diabetes.

A resident was given paracetamol and co-dydramol eight times over three days, when they should not be used together because they both contain paracetamol, the report said.

Another person was burned by a cup of tea and staff did not treat the injury properly, leading to the person developing an infection and later being admitted to hospital.

Staff sometimes felt "rushed and under pressure", the report found.

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Source: BBC News, 18 December 2021

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