17/07/2008

Staff Member Suspended As Care Home Abuse Probed

A member of staff at a County Derry care home has been suspended over the alleged abuse of a resident.

The PSNI have confirmed that they will investigate the claim at Longfield Care Centre in Eglinton, after the alleged abuse was brought to their attention on 7 July.

Southern Cross Healthcare, who runs the care home, has said the allegation was acted on "immediately".

"The health and safety of our residents is paramount," it said. "This is now in the hands of the police and we will fully co-operate with them."

Longfield is a purposely-built centre that cares for the elderly as well as young, physically disabled people.

(NS/JM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

12 February 2019
Belfast Movie House To Close In May
The Movie House cinema in Belfast city centre is set to close, it has emerged. The Dublin Road facility has announced its impending closure at the end of May after it was bought by software firm Kainos. The company plans to turn the Bankmore Square site into its new headquarters.
04 February 2019
Appeal For Witnesses After City Centre Robbery
Police have issued an appeal for information after a commercial premises in Belfast City Centre was robbed. The business on High Street was targeted on Sunday evening, 03 February, when a man entered while armed with a large kitchen knife.
11 March 2003
Primary care must be strengthened says Browne
The role of primary care has to be strengthened and expanded, NIO Health Minister Des Browne has told delegates at the ‘Primary Care-Moving Forward’ conference in Armagh today.
11 November 2010
Elderly Care Bill Gets All-Party Backing
The care of older people has been in focus across both the UK and in Ireland this week - with dramatically different outcomes in the two states.
17 August 2005
Government to recommend changes following home care report
The Government has published its response to a report by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into the UK care homes market.