A Midlothian care home has been told it must make urgent changes following an unannounced inspection by the Care Inspectorate.

An inspection at Drummond Grange Nursing Home in Lasswade, carried out in December last year and published now, found several concerns remained after they were initially raised in August.

The Care Inspectorate has informed the service of six immediate requirements for improvement.

A spokesman for the watchdog said: "We raised serious concerns about the quality of care being provided at this service in August last year.

"At the time we graded the quality of care as 'weak'. Our most recent follow-up inspection found that the quality of care provided has deteriorated to 'unsatisfactory,' the lowest grade we can give.

"We have informed the service of what it needs to do to ensure that immediate improvements are made.

"Everyone in Scotland has the right to safe, compassionate care which meets their needs and respects their rights.

"We continue to work with the service to ensure they improve, but if we do not see evidence of urgent improvements we will not hesitate to take further action."

The service has been told it must improve staffing; the management of epilepsy; ensuring equipment is checked and faults reported with remedial action taken; ensuring residents' physical, social and emotional needs are met; ensuring staff are competent in communicating with residents; and that staff are aware of and adhere to professional codes.

Notes to Editors

The full inspection report is published here: http://cinsp.in/1hckLz5

Anyone can report a concern to the Care Inspectorate by calling our helpline on 0345 600 9527.

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