Enter and view: Ashton Lodge Care Home

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire conducted an announced Enter and View visit, as part of a planned set of visits looking at Care Home provision in Bedfordshire. Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire visited Ashton Lodge, on 24/01/2018. The home is registered to accommodate 54 residents in 50 single and two shared bedrooms, 48 are with en-suite bathrooms. These are situated over two floors. A CCTV system is in place in four areas of the home which was introduced in the last quarter of 2017. The Manager would like to install more cameras in other areas of the home. Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire representatives were advised that the home does not use agency staff as it is felt this is detrimental to the wellbeing of the residents. The report contains recommendations which relate around the themes patient information, staffing and meal times.

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General details

Report title 
Enter and view: Ashton Lodge Care Home
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Building and facilities
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Communication between staff and patients
Health and safety
Health promotion
Health protection
Quality of appointment
Quality of care
Quality of staffing
Staff levels
Staff training
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Nursing care home

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Not known
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
All care professionals
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.