SCOTLAND’S social care watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, has criticised the quality of care provided to residents at a care home in Midlothian.

Pittendreich Care Home in Lasswade was graded as 1, unsatisfactory, for quality of care following an unannounced inspection.

It is the second inspection in a row which found quality of care at the service to be unacceptable.

A spokesman for the Care Inspectorate said: “Where we have concerns we do not hesitate to act. 

“This service was subject to an unannounced inspection in January which found that the quality of care was still well below the standard we require.

“We have informed the service of the action which must be taken immediately to improve the quality of care provided.

“We are working closely with this service to help them improve.

“If we are not satisfied that the quality of care provided to residents improves significantly, we will not hesitate to take further action.

“Everyone in Scotland has the right to good quality care which meets their needs and respects their rights.

“Anyone with concerns can contact our helpline on 0345 600 9527.” 

The full inspection report can be read here.

Notes to Editors

The Care Inspectorate inspects and regulates more than 14,000 care homes, nurseries and other vital care services across the country. 

When we inspect a care service we will grade the most important aspects of care. Because we grade separate aspects of care, a care service could have as many as four grades.  

We use a six point grading scale:

6 - excellent 

5 - very good 

4 - good 

3 - adequate 

2 - weak 

1 - unsatisfactory