Lochaber care homes remain free of virus infection

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Three care homes in Lochaber have still not reported any cases of COVID-19 infection, it was confirmed this week.

There have been no cases of the virus at Abbeyfield Ballachulish, Invernevis House (NHS Highland) in Fort William or Moss Park at Caol.

The Caol facility is run by HC-One, which also operates the Home Farm care home at Portree on Skye which has seen the deaths of six patients due to an outbreak of coronavirus which infected a large number of residents and staff members.

A spokesperson for HC-One told us: ‘Caring for our residents and supporting our colleagues is at the heart of what we do, and we are doing everything we can to make sure our residents and colleagues stay safe and well throughout these challenging times.

‘We have a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan in place, which was created by our clinical director and reflects the latest government guidance.

‘We are working closely with our local health and care partners, and we are continuing to take action to secure the medical equipment, PPE, and supplies we need to protect residents and colleagues alike.

‘We are proud of our colleagues and how they have risen to the challenge of the coronavirus outbreak by showing huge dedication and commitment to our residents.

‘We are providing round-the-clock support for all our teams, and we are also grateful to relatives for their ongoing support and understanding.’

On Friday night, NHS Highland confirmed that residents of two other care homes on Skye, Budhmor Care Home (Portree) and An Acarsaid home (Broadford), had been tested and returned all negative results for COVID-19, as had the staff of Budhmor.

The health board put out a statement saying it recognised that the virus outbreak at Home Farm was causing concern in the local community and wanted to give an update on the actions being taken to address this.

‘NHS Highland is working with HC-One, The Care Inspectorate, and other agencies to maintain infection control and stabilise the care home during this period,’ said the health board.