Investigation into Albany Lodge, Croydon after reports maggots found in terminally ill man's dressings
An investigation has been launched at a Croydon nursing home after reports maggots were found growing beneath the bandages of a terminally ill man.
The family of Jerry Gallivan, who died on August 4, have complained about the poor standard of care they claim he received at Albany Lodge, and a nurse has been suspended amid allegations of abuse.
A private podiatrist's report alleges Mr Gallivan's foot dressings, required as a result of his diabetes, were not changed regularly at the home.
Nigel Jackson identified an infestation of 5mm long maggots and eggs on Mr Gallivan's feet in July, a month before his death.
Mr Jackson's report states: "In the case of Mr Gallivan there is significant circumstantial evidence to suggest that at best there were minor failings which are easily remedied, and at worse a culture of neglect and a concerted effort by staff to cover it up."
Mr Gallivan's son-in-law Mick, has also alleged the 74-year-old, who had terminal liver cancer, was served sugary foods despite being diabetic, and did not receive sufficient updates on his medical notes.
He also alleged a nurse "manhandled" Mr Gallivan and would jerk back his head and pull his eyelids.
A nurse has since been suspended, and a disciplinary investigation into their conduct is taking place.
An action plan based on the allegations, has been drawn up by Croydon Council's Safeguarding Adults board, while a fuller investigation takes place.
Actions being taken at Albany Lodge include three-monthly meetings between care workers and GPs on the application of dressings, as well as dignity in care and safeguarding training for all staff.
A council spokesman said: "All local authorities have a duty to liaise with everyone involved in cases such as this to ensure an investigation takes place after an allegation of abuse has been made.
"We are liaising with the Care Quality Commission who recently carried out a compliance inspection on the home and we are waiting for full statements from all of those involved before any conclusions can be drawn about the most appropriate action to recommend."
Mr Gallivan, originally from Shirley, served in the Irish Guards and Parachute Regiment of the army in his youth.
Mick Gallivan added: "We couldn't stop this for Jerry but there are people in that home who don't have anyone. We want to make sure it doesn't happen to them."