Risks at nursing home

A nursing home in West Haddon was found to be running scalding water into its baths without staff knowing.

Foxhill Manor Nursing Home was visited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), whose inspectors found staff had no idea how hot the bathroom water was.

Inspectors saw signs that indicated the temperatures were 37 to 41 degrees Celsius – deemed by the CQC to be hot but not painful – but a proper check revealed it was in fact between 53 and 56 degrees Celsius (127 to 152 Fahrenheit).

The report said: “There were no bath thermometers available for staff to check that the baths were run to an appropriate temperature. We checked the hot water temperatures dispensed from the ground floor bath tap and the second floor shower, in both cases the hot water temperatures put people at risk of scalding.”

The CQC has written to the home asking them to outline improvements to the service.