Blackford seeks report into care home concerns

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MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber Ian Blackford.

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Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has written to NHS Highland chiefs seeking answers following concerns about cleanliness and leadership at a Skye nursing home.

Strathburn Care Home in Portree, formerly known as Home Farm Care Home, was transferred from private operator HC-One to NHS Highland in November, following an outbreak of Covid-19 infections at the facility.

However, recent Care Inspectorate inspections have raised concerns about the level of cleanliness and the building’s poor state of repair.

‘I will be asking for a report from NHS Highland on this,’ said the SNP Westminster leader.

‘My priority is to ensure the local community can be confident that residents are well looked after in a care home that is clean and has excellence in care and hygiene.

‘After the tragedy of the Covid-19 outbreak and shortcomings under the previous owners it is important that everyone can feel fully supported in the new arrangements.

‘The NHS must ensure that we can all have confidence in the running of Strathburn Care Home.’

NHS Highland first became involved at the care home following an unannounced Care Inspectorate inspection in May 2020 after 54 residents and staff tested positive for the virus and 10 residents subsequently died.

Mr Blackford worked closely with representatives of NHS Highland and HC-One to ensure the smooth transition of ownership and the maintenance of levels of service during the transfer process.