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Sanctioned facility responds

Implementing action plan overseen by nurse advisor.

The NSW facility under sanction as of last Friday is implementing an action plan which will be supervised by an independent nurse advisor.

Charles Wurf, CEO of ACAA NSW, also said Fairfield Nursing Home had accepted the findings of the Accreditation Agency report, which identified serious risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of residents.

Wurf said the facility had implemented a plan which includes specialist clinical resources for wound management and for dealing with challenging behaviours.

"The management and staff are deeply disturbed by the findings and will work with all necessary outside agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of each resident at Fairfield Nursing Home," he said.

"That work has begun and will continue seven days a week until all issues are resolved."

In response to the concerns, the Department of Health and Ageing has imposed measures to immediately address resident care, Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot said in a statement on Friday.

Elliot said the facility’s approved-provider status would be revoked unless it appointed an administrator with clinical and nursing experience approved by the commonwealth for a period of six months.

It also had to provide training for its officers, employees and agents.

In addition, commonwealth subsidies for new residents entering the home after June 23 will cease for six months.

Elliot said the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency would visit the home every day while serious risk remained.


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