Care home deaths data released following pressure to publish

Statistics previously being withheld show 3774 death notifications related to Covid-19 were received by Care Inspectorate.

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Almost 4000 people died with Covid-19 in care homes across Scotland, according to data released on Wednesday that was previously being withheld.

Statistics released by the Care Inspectorate show that 3774 death notifications related to Covid-19 deaths in care homes were received between March 16, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

A collaborative project by STV News, The Herald, The Scotsman and DC Thomson had asked for the information as part of an effort to report the full scale of the pandemic on the care sector.  

Details of the number of deaths in individual care homes across Scotland from coronavirus were being withheld by the Care Inspectorate and the National Records of Scotland (NRS) in a move that the information watchdog said lacked “transparency”.  

Data released from the Care Inspectorate showed the watchdog recorded more coronavirus-related deaths in care homes than the National Records of Scotland (NRS) – 3774 between March 16 2020 and March 31, 2021 – although it said its data could not be of the same quality.

The NRS said a total of 3317 people in total have died in care homes in Scotland, where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. The Care Inspectorate number is higher because it includes care home residents who died in other settings, such as hospitals.

The NRS released data on Wednesday showing the number of deaths in individual care homes across Scotland from coronavirus.

Deaths involving COVID-19 occurring in Care Homes by Institution

Ayrshire & Arran
Haylie House Residential Home, Largs1
South Beach House, Ardrossan3
Grange Nursing Home, Kilmarnock1
Torrance Lodge Nursing Home, Hurlford6
Abbeyfield House, Irvine6
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Ardrossan6
Craigie Nursing Home, Kilmarnock4
Buckreddan Care Centre, Kilwinning6
Gracelands Nursing Home, Kilmarnock9
Howard House Nursing Home, Kilmarnock5
Arran View Care Home, Saltcoats16
Thorntoun Estate Nursing Home, Kilmarnock2
Springhill Home, Kilmarnock3
Spiers Care Home, Beith13
Shalom Nursing Home, Dreghorn2
Cumnor Hall Home, Ayr4
Westbank Nursing Home, Troon8
Windyhall Private Nursing Home, Ayr5
South Lodge Residential Home, Ayr6
Queen’s Care Home, Prestwick9
Templeton House Care Home, Ayr6
Belhaven Nursing Home, Troon1
Glenfairn Nursing Home, Ayr9
Airlie House, Ayr2
Rozelle Holm Farm Care Home, Ayr8
The Ayrshire Hospice, Ayr3
Burnfoot House Care Home, Patna13
Glebe House Care Home, Dalmellington4
Dalmellington Care Centre, Dalmellington12
Dundonald House Nursing Home, Dundonald4
Bute House Nursing Home, Cumnock4
Cumbrae Lodge Nursing Home, Irvine2
Greenbank Nursing Home, Irvine1
Fullarton Nursing Home, Irvine22
Claremont Care Home, Ayr15
Glennie House Care Home, Auchinleck1
Crossgate Care Centre, Kilmarnock11
Berelands House Care Home, Prestwick22
Caledonia Care Home, Saltcoats7
Peebles Nursing Home, Peebles1
Knowesouth Care Home, Near Jedburgh1
Deanfield Residential Home, Hawick2
Grove House, Kelso3
St Margaret’s Nursing Home, Hawick4
Lennel House Care Centre, Coldstream4
Saltgreens Residential Home, Eyemouth10
St Ronan’s House, Innerleithen3
SB Cares, Tweedbank1
Dumfries & Galloway
Alma House, Dalbeattie8
Briery Park, Thornhill1
Cornwall Park, Newton Stewart1
Queensberry Private Nursing Home, Sanquhar1
Lydiafield Care Home, Annan1
Fleet Valley Care Home, Gatehouse of Fleet3
Dryfemount Residential Home, Lockerbie2
Charnwood Lodge, Dumfries7
Thorney Croft Residential Home, Stranraer13
Westfield House Residential Home, Lockerbie5
Earlsferry House, Elie5
Pitlair House, Bow of Fife1
Westpark Nursing Home, Leslie13
Methilhaven Home, Methil1
Balfarg Nursing Home, Glenrothes4
Leven Beach Nursing Home, Leven1
St Serf’s Residential Home, Newport-on-Tay2
Chapel Level Nursing Home, Kirkcaldy6
Raith Manor Care Home, Kirkcaldy3
Ladywalk House, Anstruther1
Methven House, Kirkcaldy15
Napier House Care Home, Glenrothes4
Matthew Fyfe Residential Home, Dunfermline1
Bandrum Nursing Home, Dunfermline5
Leys Park Nursing Home, Dunfermline1
Jean Mackie Centre, Dunfermline1
Canmore Lodge Nursing Home, Dunfermline13
Gowrie House Nursing Home, Kirkcaldy2
Craigie House, Crossgates3
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Kinglassie1
Scoonie House, Leven4
Henderson House Care Home, Dalgety Bay3
Beeches Nursing Home, Dunfermline1
Lomond Court Nursing Home, Glenrothes15
Woodside Court, Glenrothes7
Ostlers House, Kirkcaldy6
Lindsay House, Lumphinnans11
Forth Bay Nursing Home, Kincardine8
Orchard Head House, Rosyth5
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Methil4
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Newburgh1
Glenburnie Care Home, Leven1
Strathview Residential Care Home, Auchtermuchty2
Auchtermairnie Care Home, by Kennoway3
Alexander House Nursing Home, Crossgates1
Benore Care Home, Lochore2
Mossview at The Opera, Lochgelly6
Preston House Nursing Home, Glenrothes3
Roselea House, Cowdenbeath1
Headwell House Nursing Home, Dunfermline1
Forth Valley
Stirling Health and Care Village, Stirling1
Strathcarron Hospice, Denny15
Wallside Grange Nursing Home, Tamfourhill1
Burnbrae Home, Falkirk4
Airthrey Care Nursing Home, Airth8
Balhousie Wheatlands Care Home, Bonnybridge2
Summerford House, Falkirk4
Thorntree Mews Nursing Home, Falkirk1
Grahamston House, Falkirk1
Bo’ness Care Home, Bo’ness3
Kinnaird Manor Nursing Home, Falkirk16
Caledonian Court Care Home, Larbert21
Wallace View Care Home, Stirling1
Strathendrick Home, Balfron1
Ashlea House Care Home, Callander4
Randolph Hill Nursing Home, Dunblane4
Blanefield House, Blanefield5
Ivybank House Nursing Home, Polmont3
Forthbank Care Centre, Stirling4
Orchard Nursing Home, Tullibody20
Fairview Nursing Home, Bannockburn17
Newcarron Court Nursing Centre, Falkirk24
Carrondale Nursing Home, Carron2
Annfield House Nursing Home, Stirling14
Barleystone Court Nursing Home, Westquarter1
Gowanlea, Bannockburn3
Beechwood Park Nursing Home, Sauchie6
Hillview Court Care Centre, Sauchie11
Parklands Care Home, Alloa6
Glenbervie Care Home, Larbert2
Balnagask House, Torry1
Bellfield House, Banchory3
Hawkhill House Nursing Home, Milltimber5
Broomhill Park, Aberdeen2
Inchmarlo House Nursing Home, Banchory9
Alastrean House, Tarland5
Woodside House Nursing Home, Aberdeen5
Persley Castle Nursing Home, Aberdeen8
Maryfield West Nursing Home, Aberdeen9
Rosewell House, Aberdeen4
Rubislaw Park Care Home, Aberdeen15
Kirk Lodge Nursing Home, Laurencekirk1
Deeside Care Home, Aberdeen15
Fairview House Nursing Home, Danestone14
Cowdray Club Nursing Home, Aberdeen5
Eastleigh Retirement Home, Peterculter1
Castle Lodge Nursing Home, Inverbervie1
Badenscoth House, Rothienorman5
Ythanvale, Ellon6
Overdon House, Kintore1
Faithlie Eventide Home, Fraserburgh1
Wyndwell House Nursing Home, Peterhead9
Crimond House Nursing Home, Fraserburgh7
The Grove Nursing Home, Kemnay2
Kirkburn Court, Peterhead13
Kynnaird House Nursing Home, Fraserburgh3
Abbeyside Nursing Home, Elgin1
Glenisla Home, Keith5
Wakefield House Nursing Home, Buckie1
Parklands Nursing Home, Buckie3
Edenholme Care Home, Aberdeenshire5
Bennachie View Care Home, Inverurie2
Meadowlark Nursing Home, Forres1
Laurels Lodge Nursing Home, Woodside8
Havencourt Nursing Home, Stonehaven5
Auchtercrag Care Home, Ellon5
St Modans Care Home, Fraserburgh1
Mowat Court Nursing Home, Stonehaven11
Kingswells Care Home, Aberdeen11
Abbeyvale Nursing Home, Elgin1
Pitcairn Lodge Nursing Home, Skene16
Riverside Nursing Home, Aberdeen3
Torry Nursing Home, Aberdeen23
Grandholm Care Home, Bridge of Don9
Tor-Na-Dee Care Home, Aberdeen16
Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Glenfield Nursing Home, Greenock4
Belleaire House, Greenock2
Marchmont, Port Glasgow6
Little Sisters of the Poor, Greenock1
Ardgowan Hospice, Greenock1
Bagatelle Nursing Home, Greenock5
Balclutha Court Nursing Home, Greenock11
St Vincent’s Hospice, Howwood4
Nightingale House, Paisley4
Norwood House Nursing Home, Barrhead7
Littleinch Care Home, Inchinnan9
Accord Hospice, Paisley1
Craigielea Care Centre, Renfrew3
Erskine Home, Bishopton34
Lancefield Care Home, Johnstone1
Hillside View Nursing Home, Paisley7
Millview Nursing Home, Barrhead5
Kyle Court Nursing Home, Paisley6
Braemount Nursing Home, Paisley22
Merino Court Nursing Home, Greenock3
Castleview Nursing Home, Dumbarton11
Alt-Na-Craig Nursing Home, Greenock2
Cochrane Care Home, Johnstone14
Ranfurly Care Home, Johnstone5
Elderslie Care Home, Paisley23
Swinton Hill Care Home, Baillieston2
Ashton Grange Care Centre, Glasgow9
Mossvale Care Home, Glasgow6
Greenfield Park Care Centre, Glasgow7
Golfhill Nursing Home, Glasgow6
Adams House, Elderslie4
Four Hills Nursing Home, Glasgow2
St Joseph’s Nursing Home, Glasgow6
Campsie View Nursing Home, Kirkintilloch6
Ashgill Care Home, Glasgow3
Eastwood Court, Giffnock11
Wellmeadow Lodge Nursing Home, Newton Mearns7
Cartvale Nursing Home, Glasgow5
Whitecraigs Nursing Home, Thornliebank13
Oxton House Rest Home, Glasgow1
Nazareth House, Glasgow10
St Francis Nursing Home, Glasgow4
Applecross Care Home, Glasgow1
Kinning Park Nursing Home, Glasgow3
Silverburn Care Home, Glasgow10
Parkhouse Manor Nursing Home, Barrhead5
Crossmyloof Resource Centre, Glasgow10
Rowandale Nursing Home, Glasgow1
Darnley Court Nursing Home, Glasgow26
Ailsa Craig Nursing Home, Glasgow22
St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, Clydebank11
Balmanno House, Glasgow4
David Cargill House, Glasgow7
Edinbarnet Nursing Home, Hardgate4
Erskine Glasgow Home, Glasgow13
Clarence Court, Broomhill10
Quayside Nursing Home, Glasgow11
Oakbridge Nursing Home, Glasgow7
Hillview Care Home, Clydebank25
Mavisbank Nursing Home, Bishopbriggs12
Greyfriars Nursing Home, Glasgow2
Northgate House, Balornock6
Chester Park Care Home, Glasgow9
Eastbank Nursing Home, Glasgow3
Buchanan Lodge Nursing Home, Bearsden7
Arcadia Gardens Care Centre, Glasgow6
Montrose Care Home, Paisley1
Hector House, Glasgow1
Renfrew Care Home, Renfrew2
Baillieston Nursing Home, Glasgow3
Deanfield Nursing Home, Glasgow15
Hawthorn House, Glasgow9
Stobhill Nursing Home, Glasgow4
Orchard Grove Nursing Home, Glasgow11
Broomfield Court Nursing Home, Glasgow5
Riverside Care Home, Glasgow13
Wyndford Locks Nursing Home, Glasgow9
Crosslet Care Home, Dumbarton11
Talbot Association, Glasgow1
Buchanan House Care Home, Bearsden15
Birdston Nursing Home, Milton of Campsie11
Haydale Nursing Home, Glasgow10
Almond View, Glasgow11
Florence House Nursing Home, Glasgow1
Westacres Care Home, Newton Mearns16
Craigend Gardens Nursing Home, Glasgow1
Craigbank Nursing Home, Possilpark4
Oakview Manor Care Home, Glasgow18
Ardencraig Care Home, Glasgow3
Burnfield Care Home, Giffnock7
Almond Court Nursing Home, Glasgow10
Clyde Court Care Home, Clydebank1
Littleinch Erskine Care Home, Erskine4
Larkfield Care Centre, Greenock12
Jordanhill House, Glasgow1
Burlington Court Care Home, Glasgow17
Erskine Park Care Home, Bishopton16
Westerfield Care Centre, Paisley9
Crannog Care Home, Glasgow2
Hunterhill Care Home, Paisley6
Abbotsford House, Bearsden1
Kincaid House, Greenock8
Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow14
Cumbrae House Nursing Home, Glasgow9
Westerton Care Home, Bearsden23
3 Bridges Care Home, Glasgow16
Mugdock House Care Home, Bearsden16
Antonine House, Bearsden7
Mosswood Care Home, Linwood8
Balquhidder House Care Home, Alexandria11
Mearns House Care Home, Newton Mearns2
Springvale Care Home, Lennoxtown5
Jenny’s Well Care Home, Paisley7
Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Dumbreck Road6
Milngavie Manor, Milngavie10
Bonnyholm Gardens Care Home, Glasgow4
Kingsacre Care Home, Duntocher6
Queens Quay House, Clydebank1
Ashgrove Care Home, Kirn13
Lochside Care Home, Helensburgh1
Northwood House, Helensburgh6
Meallmore Lodge Nursing Home, Inverness4
Highland Hospice, Inverness1
Highview House Nursing Home, Inverness1
Grandview Nursing Home, Grantown-on-Spey1
Castle Gardens Nursing Home, Invergordon18
Home Farm Nursing Home, Portree, Isle of Skye11
Mull Hall Residential Home, Invergordon9
Fodderty House Residential Home, Dingwall5
Kintyre House Residential Home, Invergordon10
Flemington House Nursing Home, Cambuslang15
Dunvegan Residential Home, Cambuslang1
Greencross Nursing Home, Cambuslang1
Rowantree/Rodgerpark Care Home, Rutherglen20
Duncraggan Rest Home, Rutherglen4
Georgia Park Care Home, Cambuslang6
Bothwell Castle Care Home, Uddingston10
St Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie3
Darroch Nursing Home, Cumbernauld8
Rawyards House Nursing Home, Airdrie4
Rannoch Lodge Nursing Home, Condorrat10
Craig En Goyne Nursing Home, Kilsyth7
Centenary House Nursing Home, Coatbridge1
Cumbernauld Nursing Home, Cumbernauld4
Abbeydale Court Care Home, Hamilton9
Murdostoun Castle Nursing Home, Wishaw1
Avondale Nursing Home, Motherwell8
Elaina Nursing Home, Wishaw2
Rosepark Nursing Home, Uddingston11
Hatton Lea Nursing Home, Bellshill14
Parksprings Care Home, Motherwell10
Kirknowe Nursing Home, Wishaw2
Avonbridge Nursing Home, Hamilton4
Wellhall Residential Home, Hamilton7
Muirpark Residential Home, Uddingston1
Cander Avon House, Stonehouse2
Meldrum Gardens Care Home, East Kilbride2
Forefaulds Nursing Home, Calderwood6
Abbeyfield Extra Care House, Rutherglen2
Clinton House Nursing Home, Larkhall5
Lornebank Nursing Home, Hamilton13
Abercorn House Nursing Home, Hamilton4
Westwood Nursing Home, East Kilbride7
Douglas View Nursing Home, Hamilton7
Kingsgate Care Home, East Kilbride6
Croftbank House Nursing Home, Uddingston14
Carrickstone House Nursing Home, Cumbernauld7
Deanston Nursing Home, Coatbridge7
Netherton Court Nursing Home, Wishaw5
Lower Johnshill Nursing Home,9
Highgate Nursing Home, Uddingston23
Whitehills Care Home, East Kilbride25
Lindsayfield Lodge Care Home, East Kilbride13
Morningside Care Home, Morningside5
Summerlee House, West Canal Street17
Beechwood Care Centre, Wishaw5
Woodside Care Home, Coatbridge8
Rosaburn House, East Kilbride7
Beechgrove Care Home, Lanark6
Cathkin House Care Centre, East Kilbride5
Lochside Manor Care Home, Bargeddie2
Bankhouse Residential Home, Lesmahagow11
Millbrae Care Home, Coatbridge9
Skye View Care Centre, Airdrie1
Kilbryde Hospice, Hairmyres7
Milford House, Edinburgh4
Queens Bay Lodge, Joppa10
St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh4
St Anne’s Care Home, Musselburgh2
Trinity House Care Home, Edinburgh5
Astley House Nursing Home, North Berwick2
Eskgreen Retirement Home, Musselburgh6
Belgrave Lodge Nursing Home, Edinburgh3
Letham Park Care Home, Edinburgh12
Ferrylee Residential Home, Edinburgh1
Abbeyfield House, East Linton1
Jewel House Residential Home, Edinburgh10
Eagle Lodge Eventide Home, Edinburgh4
Lennox House Nursing Home, Edinburgh5
Florabank Residential Home, Haddington3
St Raphael’s Nursing Home, Edinburgh3
Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh5
Renaissance at Glencairn, Edinburgh1
The Barchester Archview Lodge, Dalkeith15
Morlich House, Edinburgh1
Davidson House, Edinburgh4
The Elms Residential Unit, Edinburgh15
Cluny Lodge Nursing Home, Edinburgh9
Lorimer House Nursing Home, Edinburgh8
Fords Road Residential Home, Edinburgh1
Southpark Retirement Home, Edinburgh1
Thornlea Nursing Home, Loanhead15
Braeside House, Edinburgh2
Highbank Residential Home, Eskbank7
Clovenstone House, Edinburgh10
Braid Hills Nursing Home, Edinburgh21
Jubilee Extra Care Home, Edinburgh4
Springfield Bank Nursing Home, Bonnyrigg19
Camilla House Nursing Home, Edinburgh9
Ashley Court, Edinburgh5
Drummond Grange Nursing Home, Lasswade22
Middleton Hall, Uphall13
Peacock Nursing Home, Livingston10
Meadowvale Nursing Home, Bathgate21
Livingston Nursing Home, Muireston14
Woodlands Nursing Home, Livingston12
Redmill Nursing Home, East Whitburn17
Whitdale House, Whitburn5
Crofthead House Nursing Home,2
Forthland Lodge, Edinburgh10
Craigshill Care Home, Livingston1
Victoria Manor Nursing Home, Edinburgh24
Burngrange Care Home, West Calder12
Marionville Care Home, Edinburgh9
Strachan House, Edinburgh3
Castlegreen Care Home, Edinburgh16
Newbyres Village Care Home, Gorebridge17
Broxburn Nursing Home, Broxburn1
Drumbrae Care Home, Edinburgh11
Drummohr Nursing Home, Musselburgh20
Linlithgow Nursing Home, Linlithgow5
Crookston Care Facility, Tranent1
Gilmerton Nursing Home, Edinburgh10
Tranent Care Home, Tranent18
Royston Court Care Home, Edinburgh4
Heatherfield Nursing Home, Armadale12
Tyneholm Stables Nursing Home, Tranent12
Erskine Home, Edinburgh1
Marian House, Edinburgh4
Blenham House, Edinburgh13
Guthrie House Care Home, Edinburgh27
North Merchiston Care Home, Edinburgh2
Holmesview Nursing Home, Broxburn4
Inch View Care Home, Edinburgh1
St Margarets Care Home, Edinburgh14
Cairdean Care Home, Edinburgh12
Thorburn Manor Nursing Home, Edinburgh9
Manor Grange Care Home, Edinburgh13
Northcare Manor Care Home, Edinburgh19
Haddington Care Home, Haddington5
Murrayside Care Home, Edinburgh1
Cramond Residence, Edinburgh1
Northcare Suites Care Home, Edinburgh1
Wastview Care Centre, Walls5
Craigie House Residential Home, Dundee1
Rose House Nursing Home, Dundee2
Balhousie St Ronan’s Care Home, Dundee2
Ferry House Residential Home, Broughty Ferry4
Orchar Nursing Home, Broughty Ferry3
St Mary’s Residential Home, Monifieth2
Bridge View Nursing Home, Dundee14
Turriff House, Dundee3
Rosebank Care Home, Dundee2
Kinloch Care Centre, Carnoustie3
The Barchester South Grange, Grange Road14
Elder Lea Manor Care Home, Broughty Ferry3
St Margaret’s Home, Dundee2
Carmichael House Nursing Home, Dundee2
Benvie Care Home, Dundee5
St Columba’s Nursing Home, Dundee7
Forebank Nursing Home, Dundee8
Menzieshill House, Dundee4
Ancaster House, Crieff2
Balhousie Crieff Care Home, Crieff1
Craigieknowes Care Home, Perth14
The Barchester Ochil, Perth5
Crieff & District Auxiliary Assoc, Crieff1
Balhousie Rumbling Bridge, Kinross9
Northlands Nursing Home, Blairgowrie1
Balhousie North Inch Care Home, Perth3
Strathtay House, Perth4
Glenhelenbank Residential Home, Perth4
Glencairn House Residential Home, Auchterarder3
Dorward House Residential Home, Montrose3
Monkbarns House, Arbroath1
Tarriebank House, Arbroath1
Lochbank Manor Care Home, Forfar7
Benholm Care Home, Forfar10
Finavon Court Care Home, Forfar1
The Barchester Fordmill, Montrose5
Lisden Nursing Home, Kirriemuir14
Bearehill Care Home, Brechin1
Ballumbie Court Care Home, Dundee9
Braehill Lodge Residential Home, Carnoustie2
Harestane Nursing Home, Dundee12
Willowbank House, Carnoustie1
Brookfield Residential Home, Carnoustie1
Meigle Country House, Meigle10
Redwood House Nursing Home, Broughty Ferry1
Tigh na Muirn Residential Home, Monifieth2
Lochleven Care Home, Broughty Ferry14
Balhousie North Grove Care Home, Perth7
Louisebrae Nursing Home, Perth12
Pitkerro Care Centre, Dundee11
Balhousie Pitlochry Care Home, Pitlochry1
Kendale Hall, Arbroath1
Beech Manor Care Home, Rosemount10
Western Isles
Bethesda, Stornoway2
Taigh A Chridhe Uile Naomh, Daliburgh, South Uist1
Source: National Records of Scotland, last retrieved 26 May 2021.

NRS, which has the responsibility to officially record all deaths in Scotland, had been asked to release the number of confirmed and suspected Covid-19 related deaths in each of Scotland’s care homes but had refused for almost eight months.

NRS had supplied submissions from the Care Inspectorate, Scottish Care and the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland.

The joint request, submitted under freedom of information legislation, was rejected on a number of grounds by NRS – a decision that was overturned in a ruling by the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC).  

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “We are acutely aware of the potential distress and possible harm that publication of some information may cause. 

“Therefore, it is very important that data relating to deaths is considered in context to have a fuller understanding of the impact of the virus in care settings. Following a decision by the Information Commissioner and after internal review, the data has now been published. 

“We know from our inspections and our experience of the pandemic that the relationship between the quality of care experienced by people in care homes, and the impact of Covid-19 is complex. 

“We know that any care service can be affected by Covid-19 and that residents of care homes were tragically particularly vulnerable to the virus. We also know that the quality of care experienced by residents did not necessarily provide an indicator of the risks in relation to the virus.”

The figures from the Care Inspectorate show care homes accommodating older people were most affected.

A total of 3761 deaths (99.7%) of care home deaths recorded were in such care homes, while 510 providers in this category reported at least one Covid-related death during the pandemic.

The Care Inspectorate spokesperson added: “Our findings relating to care homes indicate there may be relationships between a high number of deaths related to Covid-19 and size of service and geographical location, including urban or rural settings. 

“We continue to undertake analysis to help us better understand what we can learn from these findings to support quality improvement within the care sector. 

“The Care Inspectorate has worked closely with care providers, the Scottish Government and partners to support care services to respond to and recover from the pandemic and continues to do so.” 

In its ruling, the Information Commissioner said submissions by NRS in support of withholding the data were “speculative in nature”.

The government body had argued that the information could be “highly misleading when presented out of context”. However, the watchdog didn’t accept that disclosure would lead to “any confusion or misinterpretation”.  

Concerns raised included that the release of the data could “damage public confidence in the care home sector” and lead to financial difficulties for some providers. The arguments weren’t accepted by the Information Commissioner who ruled that NRS had “failed to comply” with the legislation.

Ordering the release of the data by June 28, the Information Commissioner said there was a “strong public interest in disclosure to ensure older people and their relatives have the necessary information to make an informed decision when choosing a care home or care home provider”.

A National Records of Scotland spokesperson: said: “NRS continues to publish a range of information on Covid-related mortality, including where the location of death is a care home.

“Our statistical analysis provides valuable information on characteristics of the deceased as well as presentation at health board and local authority level.

“Following review by the Scottish Information Commissioner of a FoI request to release data on individual care homes, NRS will make this data available in line with the original FoI request and the timeframe set out by the SIC.”

The ruling by the SIC came as legal concerns were also raised last week by a new report looking into patients being moved from hospitals to care homes in Scotland at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mental Welfare Commission’s new report into decision-making for people in hospital who lack capacity has studied a sample of all discharges from hospitals to care homes from March to May 2020.

Public Health Scotland said last month it “cannot rule out” a link between hospital discharges and Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes, with nearly a third of those experiencing an outbreak.

The new report, Authority to Discharge, studied the detail of 457 moves – around 10% of the number reported at the time by Public Health Scotland – and found 20 of those to have been unlawful.

Speaking at a Scottish Government coronavirus briefing last Friday, Nicola Sturgeon said: “The total number of people who sadly lost their lives to Covid-19 who were residents in care homes has been reported, so there is no masking of the scale of that.

“This was an issue about the publication of data that allowed that overall number to be broken down to individual care homes – that wouldn’t have changed the overall number.

“There is an absolute determination on the part of me, everybody in the government and I think all of us to learn on every possible lesson from what we’ve been through in the past 14 months, so that we can have proper scrutiny and accountability.

“But, more fundamentally, so that we can learn the right lessons – that’s why I want to see a public inquiry get up and running as quickly as possible, but it’s also why we will continue to learn the lessons as we go from the data.”

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said that those responsible must be held accountable.

He said: “This is utterly shameful. The SNP Government breached legislation and kept the scale of care home deaths secret for eight months.

“This is another devastating blow for the care home residents and families who have been denied justice. Those responsible must be held accountable and lessons must be learned.

“We need a Scottish public inquiry without delay.”

Care home deaths related to Covid-19 by local authority: (Source: Care Inspectorate)

Aberdeen City – 171
Aberdeenshire – 129
Angus – 69
Argyll & Bute – 21
City of Edinburgh – 385
Clackmannanshire – 45
Dumfries & Galloway – 54
Dundee City – 104
East Ayrshire – 94
East Dunbartonshire – 120
East Lothian – 81
East Renfrewshire -92
Falkirk – 100
Fife – 182
Glasgow City – 537
Highland – 65
Inverclyde – 60
Midlothian – 101
Moray – 11
Na h-Eileanan Siar – 2
North Ayrshire – 94
North Lanarkshire – 213
Orkney – 0
Perth & Kinross – 103
Renfrewshire – 214
Scottish Borders – 36
Shetland Islands – 5
South Ayrshire – 118
South Lanarkshire – 291
Stirling – 54
West Dunbartonshire – 85
West Lothian – 138

Most coronavirus-related deaths by care home: (Source: National Records of Scotland)

Erskine Home, Renfrewshire (Erskine Hospital) – 34
Guthrie House, Edinburgh (Four Seasons) – 27
Darnley Court, Glasgow (HC-One) – 26
Whitehills Care, South Lanarkshire (Thistle Healthcare) – 25
Hillview, West Dunbartonshire (Advinia) – 25
Newcarron Court, Falkirk (Advinia) – 24
Elderslie, Renfrewshire (Advinia) – 23
Highgate, North Lanarkshire (HC-One) – 23
Torry, Aberdeen (Renaissance) – 23
Westerton, East Dunbartonshire (Bearsden Care) – 23
Victoria Manor, Edinburgh (HC-One) – 24
Ailsa Craig, Glasgow (HC-One) – 22
Fullarton, Irvine (HC-One) – 22
Berelands House, Prestwick (Priory) – 22
Drummond Grange, Midlothian (Barchester) – 22
Braemount, Renfrewshire (Advinia) – 22
Caledonian Court, Falkirk (Care UK) – 21
Rowantree/Rodger Park, South Lanarkshire (Advinia) – 20
Orchard Nursing Home, Clackmannanshire (HC-One) – 20
Drummohr Care Home, East Lothian (HC-One) – 20

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