A Preston care home that has been in special measures for than two years will remain so after a fresh inspection found that staff were not always wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Preston Glades Care Home in Ribbleton, Preston, has been in special measures since May 2018 after inspectors from England's healthcare watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), found an array of problems at the city care home.
Since then, three further inspections took place, during which the dementia care home remained in special measures due to ongoing issues.
Inspectors then visited the Miller Road care home in July this year - but once again Preston Glades remained in special measures in part due to coronavirus safety concerns.
In the inspectors' report, which was published last Tuesday (October 13), it was noted that ground had been made and medicine safety had now improved.
But there were serious concerns over Covid-19 safety measures; particularly in regards to the use of face coverings.
"Although systems and processes were established, we found good practice guidance in relation to management of Covid-19 was not consistently implemented," inspectors noted.
"During the inspection, staff did not always wear face coverings in line with good practice guidance. Face covers are recommended to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
"We highlighted this to the registered manager who agreed to take immediate action."
It comes as Hulton House Care Residence in Lightfoot Green Lane, Preston, has also been pulled up on its Covid-19 safety measures, with staff seen not wearing PPE during an inspection of the care home.
There was additional concern in regards to the leadership of the care home, with Preston Glades in breach of legal regulations by failing to ensure systems and processes were being implemented to monitor and reduce risks relating to residents' healthy, safety and welfare.
It now means that since 2012, the Preston Glades - which currently has 33 residents over the age of 65 - has breached regulations on nine of the 10 inspections that have taken place in the eight year time frame.
"This demonstrated oversight and governance of the service continued to be inconsistent and insufficient," inspectors said.
Records for medicine stock checks were not always being recorded accurately, with staff failing to consistently sign when medicines had been given to residents. While there was no evidence people had been harmed, the situation "placed people at risk of harm", inspectors said.
Despite CQC inspectors giving Preston Glades an overall rating of Requires Improvement, the care home remains in special measures having been rated Inadequate on leadership for two inspections in a row.
It was rated as Requires Improvement in regards to safety and Good for effectiveness, care, and responsiveness.
The CQC is set to reinspect Preston Glades again by January 2020 - unless it decides to shut the care home down in that time period.
A spokesperson from Four Seasons Health Care, which operates Preston Glades, told LancsLive they "deeply regret" the situation, adding that staff are "working tirelessly on the front line" to care for residents.
They said: "The Covid-19 pandemic quickly created immense challenges for all organisations in the health and social care sectors and we continue to strive every day to protect everyone in our homes.
"We deeply regret that Preston Glades care home has fallen below the standards that the CQC requires and that we expect.
"The report recognised that some improvements had been made and a comprehensive action plan is in place at the home with monthly updates being shared with the CQC.
"Our colleagues are working tirelessly on the front line to provide an excellent standard of care for all residents under difficult circumstances.
"As ever, the safety and wellbeing of all our residents is our priority and we will continue to put all our resources and energy into supporting and protecting everyone in our homes."