Nurses withdrawn from Benderloch care home

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McKenzie Care is withdrawing nursing care from Benderloch’s private Lynn of Lorne Care Home, which looks after up to 62 residents, due to a ‘national problem of nurse recruitment’.

Director of care Jackie Weston said it would work with the Care Inspectorate and Argyll and Bute’s Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) ‘to ensure that, where possible, residents who receive specific nursing care can remain at Lynn of Lorne, should they wish to do so’.

McKenzie Care gave 13 weeks’ notice on April 30 to end its contract with the HSCP. All the residents’ families have been informed and a support meeting will be held tomorrow (Friday May 4).

An HSCP spokesperson explained: ‘They have been unable to recruit sufficient nurses and are having to rely on agency nursing staff. Not only is this not sustainable for them financially, but it also means that residents do not receive continuity of care.’

The HSCP will now reassess all of the Lynn of Lorne’s nursing care clients and liaise with their families, ‘to ensure that the best outcomes for each individual is met’.

‘There is the possibility that some residents will need to be found alternative accommodation,’ the spokesperson said, but the HSCP is ‘determined’ to ‘ensure, where possible, residents can remain at the Lynn of Lorne’.