ISSUES that led to a Bromsgrove care home being warned it must improve 'were addressed within a day', say health bosses.

Tudor Lodge, on Stourbridge Road, was awarded a 'requires improvement' rating in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report published last week.

The small-scale home - which can house up to seven people at a time - provides care and rehabilitation for people with mental health care needs.

It was told to improve its monitoring of the storage of cleaning products and medication to avoid risks to patients.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs the home, said the issues have been addressed and will be monitored going forward.

The CQC report rated the home 'good' in three areas - effectiveness, care and responsiveness - but requiring improvement in two, safety and leadership.

It stated: "The registered manager and provider did not always ensure their quality assurance checks were consistently strong and effective in reducing risks to people's health and safety and records were accurate.

"The risk of infections were not always effectively reduced by the arrangements in place to clean specific parts of the home environment including shower areas.

"Although people were supported to take their medicines the checks undertaken to ensure these were administered as prescribed were not consistently effective to ensure people's safety was not compromised.

"The risks to people's safety regarding the storage of hazardous items was not always effectively managed with actions taken to reduce the risk of preventable harm."

The report praised staff's treatment of patients and said the registered manager "promoted an open culture" within the service.

It added: "They (the manager) were responsive and showed accountability to wanting to make the required improvements to remedy the shortfalls we had identified during our inspection."

The home had been rated 'good' following its previous inspection in 2015.

Michelle Clarke, director of nursing and quality at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, said: “The decision by the CQC to award the ‘Requires Improvement’ rating related to some issues with maintenance of the building, storage of cleaning products and methods for storing medication during a heatwave.

"Each of these were addressed within a day of the CQC informing us of their findings and will be monitored going forward to ensure we meet the highest standards of safety for the residents and staff at Tudor Lodge.

"It is important to note that the service was rated ‘Good’ for the quality of care provided, for the responsiveness of staff, and for its overall effectiveness.

"The inspectors also commented on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the residents who live there, the compassion and understanding of staff, and the open culture which they said was promoted throughout.”