A care home found with dirty bedrooms, a mouldy bathroom and a grim kitchen has been slammed as ‘inadequate’ by inspectors.

Willow Brook care home in Fareham received a damning rating after CQC inspections on October 31 and November 3.

The care home, on Highlands Road, was rated inadequate on two points of inspection - its safety and its leadership - with the service effectiveness given a requires improvement.

At the time of the inspection, the care home was providing care to three people who have learning disabilities, poor mental health, and complex needs.

'Bedrooms were visibly dirty'

One of the findings by inspectors was that the rooms were dirty and messy.

The report said: “All three bedrooms were visibly dirty and unkempt.

"We observed clothes and bags strewn on floors, wardrobes with items scattered on the floor and piled on the shelves.

"Bedrooms included trip hazards and people were at risk of harm from an unclean environment.

"One person's bathroom had mould on the wall, and their shower drain was broken and visibly dirty.

"The main kitchen was also visibly dirty with unclean cupboards and the floor had visible debris.”

'Large piece of wood with nail'

A large piece of wood with a nail was also found in an unused kitchen, which was accessible to a person living at the service. This placed 'the person at risk of harm', the report said.

The report also found new starters at the care home were not trained promptly which meant they might not be aware of current good practices.

The report also said: “People were at risk of harm because staff did not always have the information they needed to support people safely.

“Medicines were not always managed safely. People did not receive consistent person-centred care that was empowering, of a high quality and achieved good outcomes.”

Regarding the leadership, the report added: “Governance systems were ineffective and did not identify the risks to the health, safety and well-being of people or actions for continuous improvements.

“Where the need for improvements had been identified, these had not been fully implemented. Records were not always complete.”

Willow Brook declined to comment.