Nursing home found failing again

A nursing home has been found operating with only half the staff it needed only a year after being criticised in a report by Scotland's care standards watchdog. A spokeswoman for Age Concern Scotland warned that the failings were "not uncommon" in the industry and praised the care home residents and their families for complaining.

On one unannounced visit to the Drummohr Nursing Home in Wallyford, East Lothian, inspectors found only three staff on duty when there should have been a minimum of six.

Drummohr is run by the Southern Cross Healthcare Group, which owns seven other homes in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The latest complaints - details of which were released to the Evening News under freedom of information laws - include residents' wounds not being treated properly and the wrong medication being issued by staff.

Nursing home had only half the staff needed to operate (The Scotsman, 16 April 2007)