AN East Renfrewshire care home is on the verge of being closed after failing to improve its standards.

The Care Inspectorate say it saw an “unacceptable quality of care” during a visit to Greenlaw Grove Care Home, in Newton Mearns, last year.

The facility was served with a formal notice and an application has been made to Hamilton Sheriff Court to close the premises.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “In August we identified serious concerns at Greenlaw Grove care home.

“Despite extensive support from the East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership and inspectors, we are not satisfied that sufficient progress has been made.

“We realise this is a worrying time for residents and their families and the health, safety and wellbeing of residents remains paramount.”

The decision has now been taken to close the site effective from March 21. 

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “Our lawyers sought the urgent closure of Greenlaw Grove care home at Hamilton Sheriff Court today.

"The sheriff made an order suspending the care home’s registration to take effect from 21 March 2018. We strongly welcome that."

Greenlaw Grove have now said that they are continuing to make improvements, and that their first priority will continue to be their residents.

Despite this, East Renfrewshire Council has taken the decision to cancel its contract with the home.

A spokesperson for East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership said: “Our absolute priority is the wellbeing of our residents.

“Since the Care Inspectorate dropped its grades on the home we have made a significant effort to work with the provider.

A spokesperson for Greenlaw Grove said: “While we’re obviously disappointed by this decision, we’ll do everything we can to support our residents and their families during what will be a very difficult time.

"Our strong preference was for a longer timescale to allow a smoother transition to alternative accommodation for our residents and their families, who remain our number one concern.”

Anyone concerned should contact the home on 0141 616 5060.