A CARE home was found to be "good" after inspectors made an unannounced visit to investigate concerns by a whistleblower.

The Care Quality Commission visited Hollyhurst care home, in Darlington, which provides accommodation for people with learning disabilities, in August after concerns were raised by an anonymous whistleblower.

The CQC said it checked a number of areas at the Cyget-run home in Woodland Road, including a specific concern about infection control and safeguarding.

Hollyhurst, which has an overall CQC rating of “good” was not given a new rating following the inspection.

Inspectors said they received positive feedback from people, who said they were happy at Hollyhurst.

The CQC said it had assurances around Covid-19 infection control and prevention measures, the premises were clean and tidy and staff had systems in place to protect residents from the risk of abuse.

Its report said: "We received positive feedback from people, who told us they were happy living at Hollyhurst. People received person-centred support and staff knew people well.

"The care plans in place covered all aspects of peoples care and support preferences to ensure a personalised experience.

"People were supported to maintain important personal relationships with friends and relatives.

"There were systems in place for communicating with staff, people and their relatives to ensure they were informed.

"People were supported to have their say and to exercise their rights and access to advocacy was available if required.

"The environment was clean, recently decorated and maintained to a good standard with personalised bedrooms."