A CARE home remains in special measures after it was judged to be inadequate following an inspection.

St Winifred's Nursing Home, at Crowtrees Lane, Rastrick, was visited by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission in October and November last year.

The health watchdog deemed the home to be inadequate overall, as well as in markers relating to safety, effectiveness and leadership.

It follows a visit in April of last year where the home, which provides personal and nursing care for up to 38 people, including some with dementia, was placed in special measures.

"Overall we found some improvements had been made in the home since our last inspection, although there were still areas where further improvement was required. The provider remained in breach of six regulations," said inspectors.

"The provider was no longer in breach of regulations which related to safeguarding, consent and complaints."

The report said while some improvements had been made to assess and mitigate risks, the service was not safe. It outlined the systems and processes in place to manage medicines were not always safe or effective and staffing levels were not sufficient to meet people's needs in a timely manner.

Inspectors said they observed one incident where a resident wanted to to go the toilet and needed help to do this, but a member of staff could not be found until ten minutes later, leading to the person being incontinent. They said also saw people in the residential unit lounge sat for long periods without moving.

They said that while leadership and management of the service had improved, continued breaches were identified and systems were not in place to maintain an overview of the safety and quality of the home.

A spokesperson for the home said: “At St Winifred’s Nursing Home, we always strive to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and are fully committed to maintaining a high standard of care at all times. We are unable to comment any further at present, as this matter is subject to ongoing proceedings with the CQC."

Debbie Westhead, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the North, said:

“This service had last been inspected in April 2017 and following this latest inspection I am concerned to note that St Winifred’s has made very little improvement. At the last inspection in April 2017 we found there were not enough staff on duty to keep people safe and meet their needs. People told us when they pressed their buzzers it was often a long wait before staff attended and we observed this happening. It is worrying to report that at this inspection we found the same problem."

She added the home remains in special measures and will be kept under review. If not enough improvement is made, so there is still a rating of inadequate for any key question or overall, action will be taken in line with enforcement procedures to prevent the provider from operating the service.