Two sisters have hit out at the “dreadful” way their brother from Haldane was treated at a care home before he was rushed to hospital with sepsis.

Maisie Caldwell and Christine Livingstone have slammed Castle View Care Home in Dumbarton where brother Hugh Caldwell, who has severe physical disabilities, was admitted for respite in November.

In a dramatic move to highlight Hugh’s ordeal, Maisie and Christine posted shocking pictures on Facebook of sores on her brother’s head, caused they said, by his hair not being washed at the home.

Open wounds, seen in another picture, were said to be caused by a care worker taking a comb “and ripping the scabs and hair from his head”.

The sisters said the decision to post the pictures was taken to “let everyone see what the home’s idea of good care is.”

Christine said: “I want it to be known that my brother was admitted to hospital with sepsis. He was also in hospital at Paisley a month or so ago with a severe infection.

“I fear for his wellbeing, and ask everyone reading this, would you entrust your loved one to this place?”

The women said Hugh, 63, who was born with hydrocephalus and spina bifida and is on medication for epilepsy, said Hugh, went to Castle View in November for respite while other family members went to a niece’s wedding in Australia.

Maisie told the Reporter: “On our return were shocked to see his head covered in sores. He needs special shampoo because his skin has a fungal condition - but his hair just wasn’t being washed.

“He was very, very unwell and distressed but we were then told we couldn’t take him out because we did not have power of attorney.”

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In addition to Hugh’s head sores, his family also posted pictures of the ‘filthy accommodation’ which he was kept in.

Castle View care home, run by Darlington-based company HC-One, has been embroiled in controversy before, with families also complaining of inadequate care and “filthy conditions”.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “A concern has been raised with us about this care home and we are considering all information in relation to it carefully.

“Anyone with a concern about a care service can contact us on 0345 600 9527.”.

A spokesperson for the home said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of all our residents are our top priorities, and our staff work hard to deliver the best care for them.

Mr Caldwell’s room has been cleaned and redecorated, his care plan revised, and the staff team educated on how best to meet his care needs.

“We are also deeply disappointed by the findings of both the LSI and the recent Care Inspectorate reports, and we acknowledge we have fallen short of the high standards expected of us and which we aspire to.”

A spokesperson for West Dunbartonshire Council said: A spokesperson for West Dunbartonshire Council said: "West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership takes the care of residents seriously.

"As soon as any resident makes us aware that they are unhappy with their accommodation, we take swift action to identify a suitable alternative.

"We have now concluded the joint investigation into Castle View and findings have been shared with the staff, residents and families involved.

"A number of areas for improvement have been identified, and an action plan has been put in place which has already seen some early progress.

"We continue to work very closely with the management of Castle View and owners HC One, as well as the Care Inspectorate, to ensure these are addressed quickly and comprehensively."

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