Care Inspectorate seeks cancellation of virus-hit Skye home’s registration

Seven residents have died due to the coronavirus outbreak at the independent Home Farm Care Home on Skye.

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The Care Inspectorate has lodged an application with the sheriff court seeking the cancellation of the registration of Home Farm Care Home on Skye where seven residents have now died as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said this afternoon (Thursday): ‘An inspection has identified serious and significant concerns about the quality of care experienced by residents at Home Farm Care Home in Skye.

‘We understand this is a difficult and distressing time for residents, their loved ones and staff at the home. However, our first priority is always the health and wellbeing of residents.

‘We have submitted an application to the sheriff court seeking cancellation of the care home’s registration.

‘This could mean new care arrangements will be put in place for residents at Home Farm Care Home.

‘We are working closely with partners including NHS Highland to ensure that residents experience appropriate care during this difficult time.’

Last night (Wednesday) Skye constituency MSP Kate Forbes was informed that NHS Highland had ‘effectively taken over’ the running of the home.

Kate Forbes MSP who was confirmed as the new Scottish Government Finance secretary on Tuesday. NO-F08-Kate-Forbes-MSP
Local MSP Kate Forbes, pictured, says she fully supports actions taken by the Care Inspectorate

This evening, she told the Lochaber Times: ‘This will be a very worrying time for the Skye community and residents of Home Farm Care Home, which has been run by private care home provider HC-One.

‘It will be reassuring that NHS Highland is now effectively running the home, and has been providing additional staffing support since the outbreak.

‘Without commenting on any legal cases, I said last week that there were very important questions for HC-One to answer about care at the home, and so I fully support actions taken by the Care Inspectorate to ensure standards are met.

‘The care and support of residents is the highest priority here, and the serious concerns raised by the Care Inspectorate about HC-One’s management is a matter of grave importance.

‘Our oldest and most vulnerable citizens deserve the highest levels of care, and the situation at Home Farm affects everybody in the local Skye community.’