Unannounced inspection of virus-ravaged Skye care home raised ‘serious concerns’

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Home Farm Care Home in Portree, where a seventh death due to the virus has now been reported.

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After an unannounced inspection of the coronavirus-ravaged Home Farm Care Home on Skye by the Care Inspectorate raised what have been described as ‘serious concerns’, it was announced tonight (Wednesday) that NHS Highland and home operator, HC-One, have agreed a partnership approach to tackle the on-going outbreak of the virus.

With a seventh death confirmed at the independent home on Monday, the partnership will ‘quickly and effectively’ address the establishment’s on-going coronavirus outbreak, according to the joint statement released this evening by NHS Highland and HC-One.

It is now believed that 30 of the home’s 34 residents and 29 members of staff have now tested positive for the infection.

The health board says it has agreed with HC-One to provide enhanced assistance by deploying additional NHS resources, including Social Care Management, Nursing leadership and direct care with immediate effect; with the aim of improving and sustaining the appropriate quality of care for the residents.

HC-One said it welcomed NHS Highland’s assistance and support ‘through their current response to the Care Inspectorate’s concerns’.

John Kirk, HC-One Managing Director – Scotland, added: ‘The situation at Home Farm has evolved rapidly over the past week and we have been incredibly grateful for the support that NHS Highland has provided to us during this time to ensure continuity of care to all residents at Home Farm.

‘As we take further action to respond to the situation at Home Farm, we look forward to a deeper partnership with NHS Highland as the priority for everyone is making sure residents receive the very best care.’

Paul Hawkins, Chief Executive at NHS Highland, commented: ‘NHS Highland has responded to the request from the Care Inspectorate and from HC-One to provide support in improving and sustaining the appropriate quality of care for residents and the necessary assistance in this difficult situation.

‘We will work closely with the Care Inspectorate and HC-One Senior Management.’