Consultation on Keynsham nursing home’s future

PEOPLE are being asked for their views on plans affecting the future of a nursing home in Keynsham.

A consultation has been launched with residents, families, staff and the wider community on proposals for Charlton House and two other community resource centres run by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Charlton House found itself in the spotlight after a Care Quality Commission inspection in October last year found the quality of care at the home was inadequate.

A follow-up inspection in January found that progress had been made but the service still needed improvement.

Charlton House currently has just 11 out of 30 beds occupied.

Under the proposals, those 11 places could be moved to Cleeve Court in Bath, which could become a “centre of excellence” for dementia care.

B&NES Council says Charlton House could then be retained “for other community provision to meet the current and future needs of residents”.

The council says the premises remain suitable for community and care uses, and discussions are under way with partners on how the building could be used in the future.

The third facility affected by the proposals is Combe Lea in Midsomer Norton, whose services would be enhanced to enable younger people with complex needs to live closer to home.

A public drop-in event is being held at Charlton House on Monday November 23, where people can find out more about the proposals, speak to council officers about them, and share their views face-to-face.

To take part in the consultation, which ends at 5pm Monday December 18, go online to

Charlton House was transferred to the council in 2020 after Sirona announced it was handing back the contract.

The CQC report in October last year found that one resident was left sitting in urine overnight and that another had not eaten or drunk anything for two days.