Peterborough care home staff charged with neglect

Wentworth Croft nursing home, Bretton EMN-140612-185449009

Wentworth Croft nursing home, Bretton EMN-140612-185449009

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Five staff members at a Peterborough care home have appeared in court charged with neglecting residents at the home.

It is alleged a total of five residents were ill treated at Wentworth Croft Residential And Nursing Home in Bretton Gate, Bretton.

On Thursday, Benjamin Appiah (36) of Flore Close, Peterborough, Joanne Fisher (36) of Axiom Avenue, Peterborough, Barbara Holcroft (63) of Lincoln Road, Peterborough, Nicole Howley (25) of Sycamore Avenue, Peterborough and Chloe Pearsall (26) of Newport Way, Peterborough all appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to face the charges.

All five were care assistants at the Bupa-run home and have since left.

It is alleged the neglect took place at the home for a year, between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

Appiah faced three counts, relating to three different women at the home.

It is said Holcroft, Pearsall, Fisher and Howley all neglected another woman at the home. Howley is also accused of neglecting a fifth woman.

The court was told all five defendants were pleading not guilty to the charges.

The care home has 156 rooms on the site which offers nursing, residential and dementia care for elderly people.

A spokesman for Wentworth Croft said: “We do not tolerate any failure to treat our residents with the respect they deserve and their wellbeing is our number one priority.

“We have communicated with the home’s residents and their families to share our commitment to providing high-quality care and address any questions they have.”

A spokeswoman for the social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission, said: “We are aware that five former members of staff from Wentworth Croft have been charged with offences of ill-treatment and neglect.

“CQC continues to work closely with Peterborough City Council and as with all the services registered with CQC, the home is subject to the ongoing monitoring of its compliance with the national standards of quality and safety, this will include further unannounced inspections.”

The defendants are to appear next at Peterborough Crown Court on February 26.