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Report - Mount Denys Care Home, Hastings - July 2019


Chloe Explores

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History:
The care home first opened its doors in 1986!

Mount Denys was a purpose built home provided by East Sussex County Council for the care of older people with dementia. The home had three units one of which provided respite to the people in the community.

Back in 2001, the home didn’t meet the new laws and policies around practices and the facilities were out dated. The council needed to spend 1.2 million pounds on meeting the new requirements to avoid closure in 2001.

The home started to have regular examinations by the Care Quality Commission after its inappropriate findings in 2011.

It highlighted that the home’s records contained logs of 44 violent attacks between residents and a further 26 directed at staff.

Staff also lacked necessary skills and experience to manage challenging behaviour from residents in the home.

It said risk assessments were not completed fully, were not reviewed regularly and were not used appropriately.

Proper steps had not been taken to ensure people living in the home were receiving safe and appropriate, personalised care, treatment and support.

Something I find very odd is how a very positive inspection happened in 2014 so I really don’t know why they closed in 2014. Maybe because for a long period of time the care home wasn’t fit for purpose.

The site has been empty since 2014. It had been boarded up, and internal security cameras had been in place for some time after the closure.

The former care home site was approved for demolition in 2015.


Since early 2018 there had been regular security patrols of the site, due to the care home being broken into.

All four fires happened in May and June of 2019. I can only find 2 articles with dates for the last two.

For the third fire.

Eight fire engines battled the blaze on the 18th of May 2019. It was apparently according to locals and the newspapers the third incident with in a month.

The incident left a number of properties near the care home with either no water or low pressure as a result of the fire service using fire hydrants.

Nearby residents were advised to keep windows and doors closed as smoke was seen billowing from the building.
The cause of this fire was unknown.

The fourth and last fire at the derelict nursing home happened at the start of June 2019. Again the cause of fire was unknown but my guess was arson. The whole building became gutted after this fire.

Demolition started shortly after the fire as the council had to do so as the building was on not savable and a danger to the public.




Explore:
Visited with @Seany Explores :p
To finish off the day of exploring in Hastings, we thought we would check out this abandoned care home. I was expecting a massive complex to explore....

We did know it was fire damaged but we didn’t know how badly it was... we also didn’t know the site was getting demolished so we ended up exploring a burnt out demolition site - which was interesting.

I am gutted to see this building in such a terrible state as the inside to this place a couple of years ago was pristine. It’s even worse because the fire damage has literally happened four times in the space of five weeks! That seems a bit dodgy to me, sounds a bit like the council did something deliberately and an arson attack followed along... anyways...

The builders have left the site open. There are massive gaps in fences for anyone to slide under and just walk straight into the remains.

Some nice features to this place was the stained-glass windows and the front door on the outside! There are some nice arches on the wall inside that you can just about see from the fire damage. I can’t really say to much about this place other than you can’t explore much (a couple of rooms), The floor is very sturdy on the ground floor and there are endless wires hanging from the ceiling.

When we finished exploring the remains we went on the outside I found some stairs leading underneath the building to the basement. I was shocked to see all of the boilers still left down there!

There is a little shed and what looks like a bus stop left to.

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Punk

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Wow, this place is fucked

Staff also lacked necessary skills and experience to manage challenging behaviour from residents in the home.

It said risk assessments were not completed fully, were not reviewed regularly and were not used appropriately.

Proper steps had not been taken to ensure people living in the home were receiving safe and appropriate, personalised care, treatment and support.
As someone who worked in care for 15 years, I'm sorry to say these issues aren't uncommon in care homes.
 

Yorrick

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Looked promising from outside, shame it's been destroyed.

Mount Denys was a purpose built home
The bit at the back was purpose built. The nice bit is Victorian. It was built as Pine Hill and according to the National Archive was "purchased for £6600 from Edward Lancaster and Walter Edwin Winch under the National Assistance Act 1948 by the Health Committee"

A planning application from 1954 seems to contradict that - "Change of use from guest house to old peoples home"
 

Chloe Explores

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Looked promising from outside, shame it's been destroyed.



The bit at the back was purpose built. The nice bit is Victorian. It was built as Pine Hill and according to the National Archive was "purchased for £6600 from Edward Lancaster and Walter Edwin Winch under the National Assistance Act 1948 by the Health Committee"

A planning application from 1954 seems to contradict that - "Change of use from guest house to old peoples home"
Thanks for that!
 

ExplorerCouple101

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Locals think the last few fires where done on purpose, so the owner would be allowed to demolish the building all together. The building apprently was listed. Thats why the owner was unable to demolish orignally. The true stroy of what happened will be a mystery. Children playing? Or a tip off?
 

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