A CARE home has been deemed to be meeting coronavirus infection control legal requirements after being inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

Anbridge Care Home in Herbert Street, Watersheddings, was visited by the CQC on January 28 and its report has been published.

The inspection was carried out under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and as part of the CQC's effort to ensure infection prevention and control practice was safe and compliant.

Anbridge is run by Charles and Sally Jones and provides accommodation and personal care for up to 21 people.

The inspection team said it found examples of good practice.

The report said: "At the entrance of the home, information was displayed to inform visitors about any infection control procedures to be followed.

"Temperature checks were completed, along with a questionnaire to establish if visitors had recently displayed any symptoms of Covid-19.

"Lateral flow testing (a Covid-19 test where the results can be obtained within 15 minutes) was carried out for any visitors."

It said that enough personal protective equipment (PPE) was available and we saw staff wore it at all times during our visit.

It went on: "Some PPE was not stored safely and was left out of its original packaging. This presented the risk of cross contamination. We raised this issue with the service and it was resolved quickly.

"We observed the home to be clean and tidy, with domestic staff carrying out their duties throughout the day.

"Cleaning schedules were in place and this included a deep clean of people's bedrooms."

It said some furniture, particularly armchairs in the lounge, were damaged and were in need of replacing. This meant there was a risk they might not be cleaned effectively.

The report said: "We were given assurances that arrangements were in place for this furniture to be replaced.

"Staff had received both infection control and hand hygiene training. This included the safe donning and

doffing of PPE.

"Zoning arrangements were used when people had tested positive for COVID-19 and needed to self-isolate in certain areas of the home. Where people had tested positive and were self-isolating in their bedroom, a sign was placed on the door so people were aware.

"Covid-19 testing was in place for both staff and people using the service. People living at the home were also scheduled to receive their Covid-19 vaccination imminently.

"Appropriate arrangements were in place for new admissions, although due to the outbreak, none were being taken at the time of our inspection.

"Windows were opened at various times during the day and outdoor facilities were used when better weather allowed. Air conditioning units had also been purchased earlier in the pandemic to aid ventilation."