Knapdale dementia ward to be used in fight against COVID-19

Mid Argyll Hospital
Mid Argyll Hospital

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Knapdale dementia ward has been re-designated for the care of potential COVID-19 patients.

The move at Lochgilphead’s Mid Argyll Hospital comes after NHS Scotland instructed Health Boards and Integration Joint Boards to reduce delayed discharges and increase bed capacity immediately.

Patients who are currently on Knapdale will be provided with alternative care arrangements, NHS Highland is working with their families about the change.

‘This operational decision is taken for clinical grounds and any permanent decision on the future of the ward remains with the IJB, which will be discussing the dementia services redesign at its meeting later today,’ said a NHS Highland spokesperson.

Latest coronavirus figures released this afternoon show there have now been 22 coronavirus deaths in Scotland.