Astor Court

Lamb Street
Northumberland NE23 6XF

Telephone: (01670) 738890

Care Types: Care Home with NursingDementiaOlder PeopleYounger Adults

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Last updated 11 April 2018
We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

Astor Court is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

This inspection took place on 19 and 21 February 2018. The first day of the inspection was unannounced. The inspection team consisted of one inspector and an Expert by Experience (ExE). An ExE is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who used this type of service.

Before the inspection we reviewed the information we held about the home, in particular notifications about incidents, accidents, safeguarding matters and any deaths. We contacted the local Healthwatch group, the local authority contracts team, the local authority safeguarding adults team and the local clinical commissioning group. We used their comments to support our planning of the inspection.

We spoke with seven people who used the service to obtain their views on the care and support they received. We also spoke with four relatives, who were visiting the home at the time of the inspection. Additionally, we spoke with the manager, the deputy manager, three senior care staff, seven care workers, two domestic staff, the maintenance worker and kitchen staff.

We observed care and support being delivered in communal areas and viewed people’s individual accommodation. We reviewed a range of documents and records including; four care records for people who used the service, 20 medicine administration records (MARs), four records of staff employed at the home, complaints records, accidents and incident records, minutes of meetings and a range of other quality audits and management records.

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