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Elderly left freezing and crying in agony for up to seven hours in the middle of the night after watchdog shuts failing care home over safety concerns

  • The Old Village School Nursing Home in Bedfordshire was closed by CQC 
  • 57 residents had to be moved to nearby care homes in ambulances
  • Some left in wheelchairs while others became dehydrated during move
  • Magistrates approved closure at 5pm and said they must be out by 12am 

Distressed elderly residents were forced out of their failing care home in the middle of the night when it was shut over safety fears.

Some were dehydrated and crying in agony as they waited outside up to seven hours for belongings to be stuffed in bin bags and ambulances to arrive. The Old Village School Nursing Home in Bedfordshire was closed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Friday night after inspectors uncovered appalling neglect that put residents in immediate danger. But the watchdog only obtained a closure order from magistrates at 5pm that evening and the home had to be evacuated by midnight. The 57 residents – including younger adults with brain injuries – were moved to nearby care homes in ambulances.

Anne Jeffreys, 87, was still in hospital last night after suffering heart problems during the move.  Her nephew Greg Jeffreys, 59, of Bedford, said: ‘When I visited the home what I witnessed were scenes of absolute carnage. They got the court order to evacuate by midnight and the situation rapidly descended. It was like something out of a Third World country.’

Mr Jeffreys, chief executive of an audio equipment supply firm, said: ‘The street outside was full of very ill, highly distressed residents who were left to sit in their wheelchairs for hours with no bed pans. There were residents and their relatives crying in the street.  ‘In my aunt’s case, her catheter bag needed changing and she was screaming in agony while one carer tried to rush her out during the evacuation. By that point her heartbeat became irregular and we feared she might die. She has been severely traumatised and damaged by the whole experience. ‘I cannot understand how, for the sake of maybe one or two hours, they had to stage a full-scale Third World evacuation.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3195669/Elderly-left-freezing-crying-agony-seven-hours-middle-night-watchdog-shuts-failing-care-home-safety-concerns.html#ixzz3ik0coE1u

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Distressed elderly residents were forced out of The Old Village School Nursing Home in Bedfordshire when it was shut over safety fears.

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Exclusive: ‘I had to blow the whistle on care home’

Carer Jamie McKnight called the Care Quality Commission (CQC) when his concerns about Manorcroft were ignored by senior managers. After starting work there in April, Mr McKnight said he became increasingly concerned about staffing, residents being left in bed for days at a time and a lack of respect by staff. “It got to a point where the home was understaffed all the time,” he said. “People weren’t getting out of bed. “They only had one hoist for 40 residents – lots of them were getting pressure sores from being in bed all the time. “I wouldn’t like it if my mum was in that home in those conditions.”

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http://www.dewsburyreporter.co.uk/news/local/exclusive-i-had-to-blow-the-whistle-on-care-home-1-6989038

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