STAFF at a veterans’ nursing home have got their act in gear after being accused of putting vulnerable residents at serious risk of contracting coronavirus, according to a fresh report.

The Care Inspectorate graded the Erskine Home in Bishopton as “weak” following a check-up last month, as it highlighted “significant” issues with how personal protective equipment (PPE) was being used and stored and the availability of soap and hand gel.

The watchdog also noted concerns over the use of shared toiletries – with some used products being stored close to clean PPE – and the accessibility of clinical waste bins.

And on one occasion, inspectors said they had to intervene as staff were about to prepare a bath for a resident without having cleaned it from previous use.

Bosses were told to take immediate action and were given a list of urgent requirements to meet.

And after a follow-up inspection, the home has now been graded as “good” for its care and support during the pandemic as inspectors observed several positive changes.

The latest report states: “We found the provider had taken quick action to ensure equipment cleaning was carried out in line with current guidance.

“Senior staff provided intensive support to all staff to ensure cleaning and disinfection processes were carried out correctly and at the right times. 

“We observed that staff were competent and confident in their ability to use the right products at the right times.

“We found all staff had access to pocket-sized bottles with the correct specification of alcohol-based hand rub. The provider had also increased the number of wall-mounted dispensers for alcohol-based hand rub. 

“We found senior staff had worked intensively and effectively with all staff to ensure PPE was used correctly and in line with current guidance to keep residents and staff safe.”

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