2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Care home set to close

belgarth

4:45pm 11th October 2017
(Updated 4:04pm 12th October 2017)

A care home in Lancashire is set to close it's doors.

Belgarth Care Home in Barrowford, Nelson, looks after generally older people or others with mental disabilities.

It has room for 47 residents.

But it's been confirmed that the care home will close, and residents will be moved to other sites in Lancashire.

Jackie Hanson, Chief Nurse at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group who commission beds from the care home, said:

"The closure of Belgarth Care Home is very sad, and our concern is first and foremost for the residents and the staff who will be affected by this.

"We will work with our partners to support the residents, their families and carers and staff at the home.

"As a matter of priority we will work with Lancashire County Council, and other partners to ensure the safe and careful transfer of residents to alternative homes as soon as we are able to do so.

"Care Homes play an important role in supporting health services in the area.

"I would like to thank those care homes who continue to provide excellent care for their residents across East Lancashire, and I would like to reassure the public that the CCG is working hard with all care homes in the area to support them to continue to deliver the excellent care they do day, and night."

Care home owner, Omar Ahmad has released this statement to 2BR regarding the closure:

"Due to the increasing reliance on agency nurses and carers, we have made the business decision to close Belgarth Care Home.

"The national shortage of care staff has crippled the NHS and other care home providers into paying inflated rates on temporary workers.

"We feel we have been held to ransom by agencies who have exploited this market.

"We feel let down by the CQC who do not regulate agencies and the government who have not implemented fairer trading standards when using them.

"Our residents come foremost and because we are running at a loss, I could not jeopardize their care by trying to make drastic savings.

"I would like to refute LCC's claims that we are closing for any other reason and am disappointed by their comments since we have worked so closely for 16 years.

"We will continue to work with all placement teams in relocating our residents safely to their next home."

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all 2BR platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
Most read
traffic pic

Multi car crash on M65

Caused traffic issues in area

Edward-Brier

Tributes to Lancashire man killed in crash

20 year old died in an accident.

Newer article

Flasher update

Local News: After an incident yesterday

Older article

Hundreds stolen from petrol station

Local News: Rear doors and tills forced open

Top articles

Former policeman jailed

Local News: He secretly filmed women

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Uganda Appeal: Re-visiting some of the people 2BR met

Local News: A month on, 2BR has a few updates for you

Kurt Angle returns to WWE action at Tables, Ladders and Chairs on Sunday

Sport: Kurt Angle will return to the WWE ring for the first time in more than 11 years on Sunday at Tables, Ladders and Chairs, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Women's rights lawyer Gloria Allred tells Weinstein: 'Harvey, you're done'

Showbiz: A women's rights lawyer has insisted the career of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is "done" after she revealed details of another woman who alleges he sexually assaulted her.

RBS restructuring unit probed over claims it profited from stricken firms

National News: Police in Scotland are looking into allegations a controversial division of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), set up to restore struggling companies to health, broke the law in its dealings with them.

One killed nine injured in stabbing rampage in Polish shopping centre

World News: One person has been killed and nine others injured after a man carried out a knife ramage at a shopping centre in southeast Poland.

RBS restructuring unit probed over claims it profited from stricken firms

Business News: Police in Scotland are looking into allegations a controversial division of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), set up to restore struggling companies to health, broke the law in its dealings with them.

Fowl play: Turkeys attack police and residents in Massachusetts town

Strange News: A gang of marauding turkeys has been causing chaos in a small town in Massachusetts, harassing residents and police.

Near misses in drowning need to be talked about

Local News: They're the lucky ones - says Lancashire mum

LIVES IN LANCASHIRE: Tom Heaton

Local News: See how the keeper is saving more than just shots in Lancashire

HALF PRICE - Hollywood Star

Non-News: Get your half price voucher for Hollywood Star in Burnley now.

VIDEO Something Worth Fighting For

Local News: You've never seen a journalist do this...

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Most read

Multi car crash on M65

Local News: Caused traffic issues in area

@2BR