A CARE home needs to take urgent improvements over the way its elderly residents are protected from abuse risks, inspectors say.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued Brook House Care Centre, in Meadowford Close, Thamesmead, with a formal warning following an unannounced inspection in November.

Despite, the home meeting a range of standards, inspectors said reasonable steps were not always being taken to identify the possibility of abuse, prevent it occurring, or respond appropriately when allegations of abuse were made.

Deputy director of CQC in London Matthew Trainer said: "The problems found here needed to be put right by the provider immediately.

"Our inspectors will return in the near future to carry out another unannounced inspection. If we find that the home is not making the required progress we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers further to protect the people who live there."

The home was unavailable for comment.