A BOURNEMOUTH care home which closed after receiving two damning inspections has re-opened - with glowing reports.

Just three years ago government inspectors found that residents at Highfield Manor in Branksome Wood Road were not fed adequately, one person was illegally deprived of their liberty, and others may have been given sedatives they did not need.

A small number of people were not always treated with respect and their dignity was not maintained, according to the inspectors' shocking report.

The home was sold two years ago to Kingsley Healthcare and re-opened as Branksome Heights.

A spokesman for the company said: "We bought it as an empty building, renamed it and have been gradually filling it from zero residents."

Inspectors who visited Branksome Heights last month found the service to be good overall and judged it to be caring, safe, effective, responsive and well-led.

Inspectors observed that residents were supported and treated with dignity and respect and involved as partners in their care.

And residents were quick to praise staff, describing them as “kind” and fabulous".

Home manager Lynne Petty said: “It’s been a real team effort and I am so proud of all my staff for working so hard to achieve the home’s good rating.

“We are proud to be highly regarded as a friendly home offering really good person centred care. Now we have set our sights on achieving an outstanding rating next time.”