Inspectors have seen evidence of improvement at Pentland Hill Nursing Home, but more needs to be done, the Care Inspectorate said today.

 The home was required to make specific improvements by the end of last month or face closure. Today the Care Inspectorate confirmed it would extend the current Improvement Notice until the New Year pending further assessment of how changes in management and care practices are impacting on residents.

Care inspectors and specialist advisers in pharmacy, tissue viability and nutrition inspected the home, unannounced, on four days in December, and advised BUPA of their decision last Friday evening.

A Care Inspectorate spokesperson said: "The health, safety and wellbeing of residents is the absolute priority which is why we are taking enforcement action against Pentland Hill, and working closely with the council and NHS to safeguard every resident. This home is not yet operating at the standards we require, but we have seen some evidence of some improvement. This is in the early stages and needs to be sustained.

“A new home manager has made changes, including purchasing new fittings and providing stronger management oversight of care staff. We saw additional progress in pharmacy, mealtimes and tissue viability, but variability and inconsistency remain.

“We have not lifted the Improvement Notice and will carry out an unannounced inspection in the new year where we will assess whether to revoke this home’s license to operate. We expect to see evidence of further, significant progress which improves the lives of residents and puts compassion at the heart of care.

"No new residents can enter the home until we are satisfied by the quality of care on offer. Our specialist staff continue to monitor and work closely with BUPA’s staff and managers.

“Anyone with concerns can contact us on 0345 6009527."