Coronavirus: Individual care home deaths revealed

National Records of Scotland releases data showing number of deaths in individual care homes across Scotland.

Hillview care home in West Dunbartonshire was one of the worst-affected care homes. Jeff J Mitchell via Getty Images
Hillview care home in West Dunbartonshire was one of the worst-affected care homes.

Coronavirus death rates in Scotland’s care homes were more than six times higher in larger facilities over the course of the pandemic, according to a report.

New figures from the Care Inspectorate watchdog show fatalities increased from 2.1 deaths per 100 places in facilities with up to 20 places to 12.6 deaths per 100 places in those with more than 80 places.

The Care Inspectorate 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.

Deaths involving COVID-19 occurring in Care Homes by Institution

Ayrshire & Arran
Name Total
Haylie House Residential Home, Largs 1
South Beach House, Ardrossan 3
Grange Nursing Home, Kilmarnock 1
Torrance Lodge Nursing Home, Hurlford 6
Abbeyfield House, Irvine 6
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Ardrossan 6
Craigie Nursing Home, Kilmarnock 4
Buckreddan Care Centre, Kilwinning 6
Gracelands Nursing Home, Kilmarnock 9
Howard House Nursing Home, Kilmarnock 5
Arran View Care Home, Saltcoats 16
Thorntoun Estate Nursing Home, Kilmarnock 2
Springhill Home, Kilmarnock 3
Spiers Care Home, Beith 13
Shalom Nursing Home, Dreghorn 2
Cumnor Hall Home, Ayr 4
Westbank Nursing Home, Troon 8
Windyhall Private Nursing Home, Ayr 5
South Lodge Residential Home, Ayr 6
Queen’s Care Home, Prestwick 9
Templeton House Care Home, Ayr 6
Belhaven Nursing Home, Troon 1
Glenfairn Nursing Home, Ayr 9
Airlie House, Ayr 2
Rozelle Holm Farm Care Home, Ayr 8
The Ayrshire Hospice, Ayr 3
Burnfoot House Care Home, Patna 13
Glebe House Care Home, Dalmellington 4
Dalmellington Care Centre, Dalmellington 12
Dundonald House Nursing Home, Dundonald 4
Bute House Nursing Home, Cumnock 4
Cumbrae Lodge Nursing Home, Irvine 2
Greenbank Nursing Home, Irvine 1
Fullarton Nursing Home, Irvine 22
Claremont Care Home, Ayr 15
Glennie House Care Home, Auchinleck 1
Crossgate Care Centre, Kilmarnock 11
Berelands House Care Home, Prestwick 22
Caledonia Care Home, Saltcoats 7
Borders
Name Total
Peebles Nursing Home, Peebles 1
Knowesouth Care Home, Near Jedburgh 1
Deanfield Residential Home, Hawick 2
Grove House, Kelso 3
St Margaret’s Nursing Home, Hawick 4
Lennel House Care Centre, Coldstream 4
Saltgreens Residential Home, Eyemouth 10
St Ronan’s House, Innerleithen 3
SB Cares, Tweedbank 1
Dumfries & Galloway
Name Total
Alma House, Dalbeattie 8
Briery Park, Thornhill 1
Cornwall Park, Newton Stewart 1
Queensberry Private Nursing Home, Sanquhar 1
Lydiafield Care Home, Annan 1
Fleet Valley Care Home, Gatehouse of Fleet 3
Dryfemount Residential Home, Lockerbie 2
Charnwood Lodge, Dumfries 7
Thorney Croft Residential Home, Stranraer 13
Westfield House Residential Home, Lockerbie 5
Fife
Name Total
Earlsferry House, Elie 5
Pitlair House, Bow of Fife 1
Westpark Nursing Home, Leslie 13
Methilhaven Home, Methil 1
Balfarg Nursing Home, Glenrothes 4
Leven Beach Nursing Home, Leven 1
St Serf’s Residential Home, Newport-on-Tay 2
Chapel Level Nursing Home, Kirkcaldy 6
Raith Manor Care Home, Kirkcaldy 3
Ladywalk House, Anstruther 1
Methven House, Kirkcaldy 15
Napier House Care Home, Glenrothes 4
Matthew Fyfe Residential Home, Dunfermline 1
Bandrum Nursing Home, Dunfermline 5
Leys Park Nursing Home, Dunfermline 1
Jean Mackie Centre, Dunfermline 1
Canmore Lodge Nursing Home, Dunfermline 13
Gowrie House Nursing Home, Kirkcaldy 2
Craigie House, Crossgates 3
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Kinglassie 1
Scoonie House, Leven 4
Henderson House Care Home, Dalgety Bay 3
Beeches Nursing Home, Dunfermline 1
Lomond Court Nursing Home, Glenrothes 15
Woodside Court, Glenrothes 7
Ostlers House, Kirkcaldy 6
Lindsay House, Lumphinnans 11
Forth Bay Nursing Home, Kincardine 8
Orchard Head House, Rosyth 5
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Methil 4
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Newburgh 1
Glenburnie Care Home, Leven 1
Strathview Residential Care Home, Auchtermuchty 2
Auchtermairnie Care Home, by Kennoway 3
Alexander House Nursing Home, Crossgates 1
Benore Care Home, Lochore 2
Mossview at The Opera, Lochgelly 6
Preston House Nursing Home, Glenrothes 3
Roselea House, Cowdenbeath 1
Headwell House Nursing Home, Dunfermline 1
Forth Valley
Name Total
Stirling Health and Care Village, Stirling 1
Strathcarron Hospice, Denny 15
Wallside Grange Nursing Home, Tamfourhill 1
Burnbrae Home, Falkirk 4
Airthrey Care Nursing Home, Airth 8
Balhousie Wheatlands Care Home, Bonnybridge 2
Summerford House, Falkirk 4
Thorntree Mews Nursing Home, Falkirk 1
Grahamston House, Falkirk 1
Bo’ness Care Home, Bo’ness 3
Kinnaird Manor Nursing Home, Falkirk 16
Caledonian Court Care Home, Larbert 21
Wallace View Care Home, Stirling 1
Strathendrick Home, Balfron 1
Ashlea House Care Home, Callander 4
Randolph Hill Nursing Home, Dunblane 4
Blanefield House, Blanefield 5
Ivybank House Nursing Home, Polmont 3
Forthbank Care Centre, Stirling 4
Orchard Nursing Home, Tullibody 20
Fairview Nursing Home, Bannockburn 17
Newcarron Court Nursing Centre, Falkirk 24
Carrondale Nursing Home, Carron 2
Annfield House Nursing Home, Stirling 14
Barleystone Court Nursing Home, Westquarter 1
Gowanlea, Bannockburn 3
Beechwood Park Nursing Home, Sauchie 6
Hillview Court Care Centre, Sauchie 11
Parklands Care Home, Alloa 6
Glenbervie Care Home, Larbert 2
Grampian
Name Total
Balnagask House, Torry 1
Bellfield House, Banchory 3
Hawkhill House Nursing Home, Milltimber 5
Broomhill Park, Aberdeen 2
Inchmarlo House Nursing Home, Banchory 9
Alastrean House, Tarland 5
Woodside House Nursing Home, Aberdeen 5
Persley Castle Nursing Home, Aberdeen 8
Maryfield West Nursing Home, Aberdeen 9
Rosewell House, Aberdeen 4
Rubislaw Park Care Home, Aberdeen 15
Kirk Lodge Nursing Home, Laurencekirk 1
Deeside Care Home, Aberdeen 15
Fairview House Nursing Home, Danestone 14
Cowdray Club Nursing Home, Aberdeen 5
Eastleigh Retirement Home, Peterculter 1
Castle Lodge Nursing Home, Inverbervie 1
Badenscoth House, Rothienorman 5
Ythanvale, Ellon 6
Overdon House, Kintore 1
Faithlie Eventide Home, Fraserburgh 1
Wyndwell House Nursing Home, Peterhead 9
Crimond House Nursing Home, Fraserburgh 7
The Grove Nursing Home, Kemnay 2
Kirkburn Court, Peterhead 13
Kynnaird House Nursing Home, Fraserburgh 3
Abbeyside Nursing Home, Elgin 1
Glenisla Home, Keith 5
Wakefield House Nursing Home, Buckie 1
Parklands Nursing Home, Buckie 3
Edenholme Care Home, Aberdeenshire 5
Bennachie View Care Home, Inverurie 2
Meadowlark Nursing Home, Forres 1
Laurels Lodge Nursing Home, Woodside 8
Havencourt Nursing Home, Stonehaven 5
Auchtercrag Care Home, Ellon 5
St Modans Care Home, Fraserburgh 1
Mowat Court Nursing Home, Stonehaven 11
Kingswells Care Home, Aberdeen 11
Abbeyvale Nursing Home, Elgin 1
Pitcairn Lodge Nursing Home, Skene 16
Riverside Nursing Home, Aberdeen 3
Torry Nursing Home, Aberdeen 23
Grandholm Care Home, Bridge of Don 9
Tor-Na-Dee Care Home, Aberdeen 16
Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Name Total
Glenfield Nursing Home, Greenock 4
Belleaire House, Greenock 2
Marchmont, Port Glasgow 6
Little Sisters of the Poor, Greenock 1
Ardgowan Hospice, Greenock 1
Bagatelle Nursing Home, Greenock 5
Balclutha Court Nursing Home, Greenock 11
St Vincent’s Hospice, Howwood 4
Nightingale House, Paisley 4
Norwood House Nursing Home, Barrhead 7
Littleinch Care Home, Inchinnan 9
Accord Hospice, Paisley 1
Craigielea Care Centre, Renfrew 3
Erskine Home, Bishopton 34
Lancefield Care Home, Johnstone 1
Hillside View Nursing Home, Paisley 7
Millview Nursing Home, Barrhead 5
Kyle Court Nursing Home, Paisley 6
Braemount Nursing Home, Paisley 22
Merino Court Nursing Home, Greenock 3
Castleview Nursing Home, Dumbarton 11
Alt-Na-Craig Nursing Home, Greenock 2
Cochrane Care Home, Johnstone 14
Ranfurly Care Home, Johnstone 5
Elderslie Care Home, Paisley 23
Swinton Hill Care Home, Baillieston 2
Ashton Grange Care Centre, Glasgow 9
Mossvale Care Home, Glasgow 6
Greenfield Park Care Centre, Glasgow 7
Golfhill Nursing Home, Glasgow 6
Adams House, Elderslie 4
Four Hills Nursing Home, Glasgow 2
St Joseph’s Nursing Home, Glasgow 6
Campsie View Nursing Home, Kirkintilloch 6
Ashgill Care Home, Glasgow 3
Eastwood Court, Giffnock 11
Wellmeadow Lodge Nursing Home, Newton Mearns 7
Cartvale Nursing Home, Glasgow 5
Whitecraigs Nursing Home, Thornliebank 13
Oxton House Rest Home, Glasgow 1
Nazareth House, Glasgow 10
St Francis Nursing Home, Glasgow 4
Applecross Care Home, Glasgow 1
Kinning Park Nursing Home, Glasgow 3
Silverburn Care Home, Glasgow 10
Parkhouse Manor Nursing Home, Barrhead 5
Crossmyloof Resource Centre, Glasgow 10
Rowandale Nursing Home, Glasgow 1
Darnley Court Nursing Home, Glasgow 26
Ailsa Craig Nursing Home, Glasgow 22
St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, Clydebank 11
Balmanno House, Glasgow 4
David Cargill House, Glasgow 7
Edinbarnet Nursing Home, Hardgate 4
Erskine Glasgow Home, Glasgow 13
Clarence Court, Broomhill 10
Quayside Nursing Home, Glasgow 11
Oakbridge Nursing Home, Glasgow 7
Hillview Care Home, Clydebank 25
Mavisbank Nursing Home, Bishopbriggs 12
Greyfriars Nursing Home, Glasgow 2
Northgate House, Balornock 6
Chester Park Care Home, Glasgow 9
Eastbank Nursing Home, Glasgow 3
Buchanan Lodge Nursing Home, Bearsden 7
Arcadia Gardens Care Centre, Glasgow 6
Montrose Care Home, Paisley 1
Hector House, Glasgow 1
Renfrew Care Home, Renfrew 2
Baillieston Nursing Home, Glasgow 3
Deanfield Nursing Home, Glasgow 15
Hawthorn House, Glasgow 9
Stobhill Nursing Home, Glasgow 4
Orchard Grove Nursing Home, Glasgow 11
Broomfield Court Nursing Home, Glasgow 5
Riverside Care Home, Glasgow 13
Wyndford Locks Nursing Home, Glasgow 9
Crosslet Care Home, Dumbarton 11
Talbot Association, Glasgow 1
Buchanan House Care Home, Bearsden 15
Birdston Nursing Home, Milton of Campsie 11
Haydale Nursing Home, Glasgow 10
Almond View, Glasgow 11
Florence House Nursing Home, Glasgow 1
Westacres Care Home, Newton Mearns 16
Craigend Gardens Nursing Home, Glasgow 1
Craigbank Nursing Home, Possilpark 4
Oakview Manor Care Home, Glasgow 18
Ardencraig Care Home, Glasgow 3
Burnfield Care Home, Giffnock 7
Almond Court Nursing Home, Glasgow 10
Clyde Court Care Home, Clydebank 1
Littleinch Erskine Care Home, Erskine 4
Larkfield Care Centre, Greenock 12
Jordanhill House, Glasgow 1
Burlington Court Care Home, Glasgow 17
Erskine Park Care Home, Bishopton 16
Westerfield Care Centre, Paisley 9
Crannog Care Home, Glasgow 2
Hunterhill Care Home, Paisley 6
Abbotsford House, Bearsden 1
Kincaid House, Greenock 8
Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow 14
Cumbrae House Nursing Home, Glasgow 9
Westerton Care Home, Bearsden 23
3 Bridges Care Home, Glasgow 16
Mugdock House Care Home, Bearsden 16
Antonine House, Bearsden 7
Mosswood Care Home, Linwood 8
Balquhidder House Care Home, Alexandria 11
Mearns House Care Home, Newton Mearns 2
Springvale Care Home, Lennoxtown 5
Jenny’s Well Care Home, Paisley 7
Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Dumbreck Road 6
Milngavie Manor, Milngavie 10
Bonnyholm Gardens Care Home, Glasgow 4
Kingsacre Care Home, Duntocher 6
Queens Quay House, Clydebank 1
Highland
Name Total
Ashgrove Care Home, Kirn 13
Lochside Care Home, Helensburgh 1
Northwood House, Helensburgh 6
Meallmore Lodge Nursing Home, Inverness 4
Highland Hospice, Inverness 1
Highview House Nursing Home, Inverness 1
Grandview Nursing Home, Grantown-on-Spey 1
Castle Gardens Nursing Home, Invergordon 18
Home Farm Nursing Home, Portree, Isle of Skye 11
Mull Hall Residential Home, Invergordon 9
Fodderty House Residential Home, Dingwall 5
Kintyre House Residential Home, Invergordon 10
Lanarkshire
Name Total
Flemington House Nursing Home, Cambuslang 15
Dunvegan Residential Home, Cambuslang 1
Greencross Nursing Home, Cambuslang 1
Rowantree/Rodgerpark Care Home, Rutherglen 20
Duncraggan Rest Home, Rutherglen 4
Georgia Park Care Home, Cambuslang 6
Bothwell Castle Care Home, Uddingston 10
St Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie 3
Darroch Nursing Home, Cumbernauld 8
Rawyards House Nursing Home, Airdrie 4
Rannoch Lodge Nursing Home, Condorrat 10
Craig En Goyne Nursing Home, Kilsyth 7
Centenary House Nursing Home, Coatbridge 1
Cumbernauld Nursing Home, Cumbernauld 4
Abbeydale Court Care Home, Hamilton 9
Murdostoun Castle Nursing Home, Wishaw 1
Avondale Nursing Home, Motherwell 8
Elaina Nursing Home, Wishaw 2
Rosepark Nursing Home, Uddingston 11
Hatton Lea Nursing Home, Bellshill 14
Parksprings Care Home, Motherwell 10
Kirknowe Nursing Home, Wishaw 2
Avonbridge Nursing Home, Hamilton 4
Wellhall Residential Home, Hamilton 7
Muirpark Residential Home, Uddingston 1
Cander Avon House, Stonehouse 2
Meldrum Gardens Care Home, East Kilbride 2
Forefaulds Nursing Home, Calderwood 6
Abbeyfield Extra Care House, Rutherglen 2
Clinton House Nursing Home, Larkhall 5
Lornebank Nursing Home, Hamilton 13
Abercorn House Nursing Home, Hamilton 4
Westwood Nursing Home, East Kilbride 7
Douglas View Nursing Home, Hamilton 7
Kingsgate Care Home, East Kilbride 6
Croftbank House Nursing Home, Uddingston 14
Carrickstone House Nursing Home, Cumbernauld 7
Deanston Nursing Home, Coatbridge 7
Netherton Court Nursing Home, Wishaw 5
Lower Johnshill Nursing Home, 9
Highgate Nursing Home, Uddingston 23
Whitehills Care Home, East Kilbride 25
Lindsayfield Lodge Care Home, East Kilbride 13
Morningside Care Home, Morningside 5
Summerlee House, West Canal Street 17
Beechwood Care Centre, Wishaw 5
Woodside Care Home, Coatbridge 8
Rosaburn House, East Kilbride 7
Beechgrove Care Home, Lanark 6
Cathkin House Care Centre, East Kilbride 5
Lochside Manor Care Home, Bargeddie 2
Bankhouse Residential Home, Lesmahagow 11
Millbrae Care Home, Coatbridge 9
Skye View Care Centre, Airdrie 1
Kilbryde Hospice, Hairmyres 7
Lothian
Name Total
Milford House, Edinburgh 4
Queens Bay Lodge, Joppa 10
St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh 4
St Anne’s Care Home, Musselburgh 2
Trinity House Care Home, Edinburgh 5
Astley House Nursing Home, North Berwick 2
Eskgreen Retirement Home, Musselburgh 6
Belgrave Lodge Nursing Home, Edinburgh 3
Letham Park Care Home, Edinburgh 12
Ferrylee Residential Home, Edinburgh 1
Abbeyfield House, East Linton 1
Jewel House Residential Home, Edinburgh 10
Eagle Lodge Eventide Home, Edinburgh 4
Lennox House Nursing Home, Edinburgh 5
Florabank Residential Home, Haddington 3
St Raphael’s Nursing Home, Edinburgh 3
Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh 5
Renaissance at Glencairn, Edinburgh 1
The Barchester Archview Lodge, Dalkeith 15
Morlich House, Edinburgh 1
Davidson House, Edinburgh 4
The Elms Residential Unit, Edinburgh 15
Cluny Lodge Nursing Home, Edinburgh 9
Lorimer House Nursing Home, Edinburgh 8
Fords Road Residential Home, Edinburgh 1
Southpark Retirement Home, Edinburgh 1
Thornlea Nursing Home, Loanhead 15
Braeside House, Edinburgh 2
Highbank Residential Home, Eskbank 7
Clovenstone House, Edinburgh 10
Braid Hills Nursing Home, Edinburgh 21
Jubilee Extra Care Home, Edinburgh 4
Springfield Bank Nursing Home, Bonnyrigg 19
Camilla House Nursing Home, Edinburgh 9
Ashley Court, Edinburgh 5
Drummond Grange Nursing Home, Lasswade 22
Middleton Hall, Uphall 13
Peacock Nursing Home, Livingston 10
Meadowvale Nursing Home, Bathgate 21
Livingston Nursing Home, Muireston 14
Woodlands Nursing Home, Livingston 12
Redmill Nursing Home, East Whitburn 17
Whitdale House, Whitburn 5
Crofthead House Nursing Home, 2
Forthland Lodge, Edinburgh 10
Craigshill Care Home, Livingston 1
Victoria Manor Nursing Home, Edinburgh 24
Burngrange Care Home, West Calder 12
Marionville Care Home, Edinburgh 9
Strachan House, Edinburgh 3
Castlegreen Care Home, Edinburgh 16
Newbyres Village Care Home, Gorebridge 17
Broxburn Nursing Home, Broxburn 1
Drumbrae Care Home, Edinburgh 11
Drummohr Nursing Home, Musselburgh 20
Linlithgow Nursing Home, Linlithgow 5
Crookston Care Facility, Tranent 1
Gilmerton Nursing Home, Edinburgh 10
Tranent Care Home, Tranent 18
Royston Court Care Home, Edinburgh 4
Heatherfield Nursing Home, Armadale 12
Tyneholm Stables Nursing Home, Tranent 12
Erskine Home, Edinburgh 1
Marian House, Edinburgh 4
Blenham House, Edinburgh 13
Guthrie House Care Home, Edinburgh 27
North Merchiston Care Home, Edinburgh 2
Holmesview Nursing Home, Broxburn 4
Inch View Care Home, Edinburgh 1
St Margarets Care Home, Edinburgh 14
Cairdean Care Home, Edinburgh 12
Thorburn Manor Nursing Home, Edinburgh 9
Manor Grange Care Home, Edinburgh 13
Northcare Manor Care Home, Edinburgh 19
Haddington Care Home, Haddington 5
Murrayside Care Home, Edinburgh 1
Cramond Residence, Edinburgh 1
Northcare Suites Care Home, Edinburgh 1
Shetland
Name Total
Wastview Care Centre, Walls 5
Tayside
Name Total
Craigie House Residential Home, Dundee 1
Rose House Nursing Home, Dundee 2
Balhousie St Ronan’s Care Home, Dundee 2
Ferry House Residential Home, Broughty Ferry 4
Orchar Nursing Home, Broughty Ferry 3
St Mary’s Residential Home, Monifieth 2
Bridge View Nursing Home, Dundee 14
Turriff House, Dundee 3
Rosebank Care Home, Dundee 2
Kinloch Care Centre, Carnoustie 3
The Barchester South Grange, Grange Road 14
Elder Lea Manor Care Home, Broughty Ferry 3
St Margaret’s Home, Dundee 2
Carmichael House Nursing Home, Dundee 2
Benvie Care Home, Dundee 5
St Columba’s Nursing Home, Dundee 7
Forebank Nursing Home, Dundee 8
Menzieshill House, Dundee 4
Ancaster House, Crieff 2
Balhousie Crieff Care Home, Crieff 1
Craigieknowes Care Home, Perth 14
The Barchester Ochil, Perth 5
Crieff & District Auxiliary Assoc, Crieff 1
Balhousie Rumbling Bridge, Kinross 9
Northlands Nursing Home, Blairgowrie 1
Balhousie North Inch Care Home, Perth 3
Strathtay House, Perth 4
Glenhelenbank Residential Home, Perth 4
Glencairn House Residential Home, Auchterarder 3
Dorward House Residential Home, Montrose 3
Monkbarns House, Arbroath 1
Tarriebank House, Arbroath 1
Lochbank Manor Care Home, Forfar 7
Benholm Care Home, Forfar 10
Finavon Court Care Home, Forfar 1
The Barchester Fordmill, Montrose 5
Lisden Nursing Home, Kirriemuir 14
Bearehill Care Home, Brechin 1
Ballumbie Court Care Home, Dundee 9
Braehill Lodge Residential Home, Carnoustie 2
Harestane Nursing Home, Dundee 12
Willowbank House, Carnoustie 1
Brookfield Residential Home, Carnoustie 1
Meigle Country House, Meigle 10
Redwood House Nursing Home, Broughty Ferry 1
Tigh na Muirn Residential Home, Monifieth 2
Lochleven Care Home, Broughty Ferry 14
Balhousie North Grove Care Home, Perth 7
Louisebrae Nursing Home, Perth 12
Pitkerro Care Centre, Dundee 11
Balhousie Pitlochry Care Home, Pitlochry 1
Kendale Hall, Arbroath 1
Beech Manor Care Home, Rosemount 10
Western Isles
Name Total
Bethesda, Stornoway 2
Taigh A Chridhe Uile Naomh, Daliburgh, South Uist 1
Source: National Records of Scotland, last retrieved 26 May 2021.

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.

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

The figures were being withheld by the non-ministerial government department in a move that the information watchdog said lacked “transparency”.  

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.  

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.

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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).  

And on Wednesday the Care Inspectorate released a report that showed care homes for older people provided by the private sector had a higher rate of recording at least one coronavirus death.

It found 60.8% reported at least one such fatality in private premises, compared with 57.1% of care homes provided by the voluntary sector and 50.8% by the public sector.

Care homes located in the most populated areas had higher rates of Covid-related deaths than those in the most remote areas, according to the statistics.

This was at a rate of 11.6 per 100 places in large urban areas compared with 3.7 per 100 places in remote small towns.

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

Local AuthorityTotal
Aberdeen City171
Aberdeenshire129
Angus69
Argyll & Bute21
City of Edinburgh385
Clackmannanshire45
Dumfries & Galloway54
Dundee City104
East Ayrshire94
East Dunbartonshire120
East Lothian81
East Renfrewshire92
Falkirk100
Fife182
Glasgow City537
Highland65
Inverclyde60
Midlothian101
Moray11
Na h-Eileanan Siar2
North Ayrshire94
North Lanarkshire213
Orkney0
Perth & Kinross103
Renfrewshire214
Scottish Borders36
Shetland Islands5
South Ayrshire118
South Lanarkshire291
Stirling54
West Dunbartonshire85
West Lothian138
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There were similar rates of fatalities in those previously rated very good or excellent, adequate or good and weak or unsatisfactory.

The NRS released separate data on Wednesday providing a breakdown of deaths in individual care homes across Scotland.

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

Care HomeTotal
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

Coronavirus deaths in hospitals

The NRS also released a breakdown of coronavirus deaths by the hospital they occurred in.

Hospitals in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area have recorded the most deaths, with the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow recording the most coronavirus deaths in Scotland.

The QEUH had 809 deaths, while Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary had 628, the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley 425 and Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, 138.

In Lothian, Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary recorded 368 Covid-19 deaths, and the city’s Western General Hospital 152.

St John’s Hospital in Livingston had 134 deaths.

In Tayside, Ninewells Hospital in Dundee had 340 coronavirus fatalities while in Ayrshire and Arran the University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, had 339 and the University Hospital Ayr 186.

A total of 362 deaths took place in Lanarkshire’s University Hospital Wishaw, with 297 in University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, and 282 in University Hospital Hairmyres in East Kilbride.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary recorded the most deaths in Grampian with 261, Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert the most in Forth Valley with 315, and Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, had the most in Fife with 210.

Almost a third (30%) of people who have died with Covid-19 lived in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area, according to NRS data, with 17% in Lanarkshire and 14% in Lothian.

NRS published the data along with its weekly breakdown of Covid-19 deaths.

It shows that 10,114 people have now died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus.

Four deaths relating to the virus were registered between May 17 and May 23, down two on the previous week.

This is the lowest weekly total since September 2020.

Two of these deaths were in South Lanarkshire, one in East Dunbartonshire and one in Falkirk.

The statistics are published weekly and cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

Click here to download the full Care Inspectorate data on Covid-19 deaths in care services.

Teen arrested in connection with schoolboy’s murder at railway station

Justin McLaughlin died in hospital after being attacked with a knife at High Street railway station in Glasgow.

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Justin McLaughlin was attacked at High Street station in Glasgow.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the murder of Justin McLaughlin at a railway station in Glasgow.

Justin, 14, was found seriously injured after being attacked with a knife at High Street train station around 3.45pm on Saturday, October 16.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

An extensive investigation into Justin’s death is under way and police say enquiries are ongoing following the arrest.

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Terror plot suspect had ‘dead girl pics’ folder on laptop, court hears

Sam Imrie has been charged with posting statements suggesting he was going to carry out an attack on the Fife Islamic Centre.

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'Terror plot' trial: Sam Imrie.

A laptop and phone found in the bedroom of a man on trial for terrorism offences had images of sexual activity with mutilated women in a folder named ‘dead girl pics’, a court has heard.

The images included photos of women who were believed to be dead, with parts of their bodies missing, including their breasts and heads.

Some of the photos showed signs of sexual activity with the corpses.

The devices are said to belong to Sam Imrie, who is on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh for posting statements on the social media platform Telegram suggesting he was going to carry out an attack on the Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes.

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The 24-year-old has also been accused of planning to stream live footage of “an incident”, and of taking, or permitting to be taken or made, indecent photographs of children.

Giving evidence on Monday, Robert Steer, 51, a cybercrime leader in digital forensics for the police, told the court the laptop and phone had 78 files showing deceased women that he believed were “genuine” photos, some of which were taken at a morgue.

He said several of the images were “distinct” showing sexual activity with the corpses.

Jurors heard that 67 images of child exploitation were also found on the accused’s phone.

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Mr Steer said there were 17 photos classed as category A under the UK’s child abuse image database (CAID), which involves photos showing penetrative sex or sadist acts with an animal or a child.

There were also eight images under category B and 42 under category C.

Category B involves images involving non-penetrative sexual activity with a child, while category C relates to “other indecent images” that could include children “sexually posing”, Mr Steer said.

Among other charges, Imrie is accused of being in possession of neo-Nazi, antisemitic and anti-Muslim material.

On the same laptop recovered from Imrie’s bedroom there was a folder called “Hero’s”, which had sub-folders including one named Anders Breivik and Brenton Tarrant, both convicted of terrorism offences.

On Thursday, the High Court in Edinburgh heard a recording of an interview carried out with the accused by police on July 8 2019.

The accused told police he was a “white nationalist”. Asked what that meant, he replied: “It means I care about my race.”

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Imrie denied that he thought white people were superior to non-whites, saying he believed the Chinese were superior.

He made no response when it was put to him that that view “flies in the face of white nationalism”.

Jurors previously heard how the accused made a series of derogatory remarks about minority groups on the messaging app Telegram.

Imrie blamed his actions on alcohol.

When asked about his visit to the Fife Islamic Centre in July 2019, which he had threatened to burn down on the Telegram app, Imrie said: “It was a joke.”

He denies all of the nine charges against him, three of which come under the Terrorism Act.

The trial, before Lord Mulholland, continues.


Police probe reports women ‘spiked by injection’ during nights out

Those who feel they have been the victim of a crime are being urged to report it to the relevant authorities.

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Night out: Police are investigating three separate alleged spiking incidents.

Police have launched an investigation following a report that a woman was spiked by injection during a night out.

The incident is alleged to have taken place at The Liquid Room in Edinburgh on Saturday, October 9.

Officers also hope to track down a woman who claimed online that she was the victim of spiking by injection at Captain’s Cabin in Dundee.

In addition, police are investigating a separate report of a woman’s drink “possibly being spiked” at Tingle Bar in Stirling on Saturday night.

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Bosses from The Liquid Room, Tingle Bar and Captain’s Cabin said they have yet to be notified directly about the alleged incidents. However, the three venues pledged to assist the police probes and urged anyone who feels they may have been the victim of a crime within their premises to report it.

In response to the Edinburgh incident, a police spokesperson said the force had received a report and “enquiries are at an early stage”.

A Liquid Room spokesperson told STV News: “We have not been notified directly of this alleged incident or any similar incidents by Police Scotland or any individuals as yet.

“We also haven’t seen any other reports of a similar nature happen in The Liquid Room.

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“Any allegations of any crimes committed in The Liquid Room is taken seriously and if any customers report directly to us, we will investigate thoroughly and gladly assist Police Scotland if called upon.

“Customer safety is our top priority. We urge anyone who feels they may have been the victim of a crime in The Liquid Room to please contact us directly or Police Scotland.”

In response to the alleged drink spiking in Stirling, MSP Evelyn Tweed said she had been contacted by a “number of concerned constituents”.

She has since written to Police Scotland, asking if complaints have been made and what action is being taken to address the matter.

The Stirling MSP also wished to clarify a claim made on social media that police officers failed to act on the allegation.

Posting on Twitter, Emma Fulton claimed her friend had been spiked and when she went to speak to police about it, they reportedly “wanted absolutely nothing to do with it and told us to put her in a taxi home”.

In her letter, MSP Tweed wrote: “As you will be aware, Stirling has a lively night-time economy on most nights of the week, not just at weekends, and I am keen to ensure that people, particularly young women, are able to enjoy this without fear and in the full knowledge that Police Scotland will support them in the event of an incident unfortunately occurring.”

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Speaking to STV News, MSP Tweed said: “My office has received pressing concerns from constituents, regarding nightlife safety and spiking incidents in recent weeks.

“I have raised these concerns directly with Police Scotland, and have requested further information on the actions they are taking to address these anxieties in Stirling. 

“Everyone deserves to enjoy themselves in a safe manner, and businesses have a responsibility for the wellbeing and security of their customers.

“I await a response from Police Scotland, and constituents with further concerns or information should contact the police directly on 101 or 999.”

In response, a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have received a report of a drink possibly being spiked at a premises in Stirling on Saturday, October 16.

“Enquiries are at an early stage and ongoing.

“We would encourage anyone with any concerns around this, or anyone who believes they may have been a victim of drink spiking, to report it to police. All reports will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.”

Posting on Instagram, a spokesperson for Tingle Bar said they were aware of recent media reports of “spiking incidents in bars and clubs around Scotland”.

They added: “Guest safety will always be paramount to us and we would like to reassure everyone that our front and back of house areas are fully covered with CCTV and we employ toilet attendants to oversee the parts we cannot monitor.

“We also operate each night with double the recommended SIA accredited stewards and a random search policy to ensure everyone’s safety.

“In a situation like this we would always encourage you to contact the relevant authorities if you have any concerns.

“Contrary to recent social media discussions, we have not received any official complaints of this nature.

“We stand ready and willing to help in any way we can.”

In a further allegation posted online, a third woman claimed she was spiked by injection during a night out at Captain’s Cabin in Dundee.

The woman said she “blacked out suddenly” and woke up in the morning with the feeling of “pins and needles” in her left arm.

Posting a picture of her punctured arm online, she said: “The injection left me unable to walk without the help of someone else and I could barely string a sentence together.”

She added: “I also just looked very drunk at the time which is worrying in case this prevents other girls in future from getting appropriate help if needed.”

The woman said she was going to the hospital “to get checked”.

In response to the post, a spokesperson for Captain’s Cabin said: “We have been made aware of a serious allegation regarding an alleged incident at our venue over the weekend.

“We are very aware that the safety and wellbeing of our customers is paramount, even more so given the events of recent weeks and months throughout the UK.

“Since then, a post regarding this matter has gone viral nationally despite not being able to verify the facts with the individual.

“We have since reported this incident to the police, and we would like to hear from the alleged victim, as we are yet to receive any official complaint regarding this matter.

“We also understand that the police have not received a complaint.

“Any allegation of this nature is taken very seriously and we always work with the relevant authorities and individuals to ensure that all matters are fully investigated.

“Our number one priority is, and always has been, the safety of our valued customers and the community which we have cultivated here at Captain’s Cabin.”

A police spokesperson told STV News that officers have been unable to identify the woman.

The force said: “Officers in Dundee are investigating a post on social media about a female being spiked by injection at a premises on Ward Road.

“Enquiries are at an early stage and ongoing.

“Officers have not yet been able to identify the person who made the original post and are appealing for anyone with any information to contact 101.”

Cold snap to bring frost and snow to parts of Scotland this week

Orkney, Caithness Sutherland, Moray, Aberdeenshire and Angus are expected to be hit with potential snowfall by Wednesday.

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Cold snap: Snowfall could hit parts of Scotland.

Scots can expect frost, hail and the possibility of snow showers later in the week as a cold snap is set to hit parts of the country.

Areas including Orkney, Caithness Sutherland, Moray, Aberdeenshire and Angus are expected to be hit with potential snowfall by Wednesday afternoon.

According to STV Weather presenter Philip Petrie, a frontal system will begin to move in from the north, so by teatime Shetland and Orkney will start to see cloud thickening and a band of rain spreading in.

At the same time, this front will bring in much colder air stretching back to the Arctic, so overnight there is a chance that any lingering showers could feel quite wintry, with hail down to lower levels and on higher ground the chance of snow. 

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By the time most of the country are wakening up Thursday the frontal system will be south of the border, and we will be well under the influence of the cold arctic air.

It is around this time that a second frontal system moves in from the north, and again this will bring further showers that will feel quite wintry across the higher ground of Orkney, Caithness and Sutherland, parts of Moray, Aberdeenshire and stretching down to Angus. 

Philip said: “Well we’ve started the new week fairly unsettled with a lot of low cloud, damp and murky conditions.

“At the same time though we are in a southerly airflow, so that is pulling in milder.

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“If we track that air back it is originating from across the Azores, so this is helping to push our temperatures up a few degrees across Tuesday and Wednesday, possibly reaching highs of 17C for the likes of Inverness, Fort William and parts of the central belt. 

“This is unseasonably mild for the time of year and in some spots will be 4C or 5C above the average. 

“However come Thursday our wind direction does a complete 180 and we will then be in a northerly airflow, with colder conditions flooding down from the north.

“We’ll then be in an arctic airflow and it will be noticeable – not only do our temperatures drop but the freezing level will drop too meaning we could see some hail down to lower levels for the far north of the country, with snow too but restricted mostly to higher ground.

“Conditions will be cold enough for snow down to around 400-500m in any heavier showers.

“This is nothing out of the ordinary for Scotland for the time of year, and in fact Thursday and Friday look set to be some of the brighter days of the week for Scotland, however it will be noticeably colder.”

A Met Office forecaster said: “From Thursday, temperatures will fall below average for most, increasing the likelihood of snow over higher ground in the north.”


‘No plans’ for further Covid restrictions despite high number of cases

Humza Yousaf says ministers will not be considering a return to greater restrictions 'at this moment'.

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Yousaf: There are no plans for a return to greater Covid-19 restrictions.

There are no plans for a return to greater Covid-19 restrictions, health secretary Humza Yousaf has said, despite case numbers remaining high.

In the last three weeks, the number of daily reported cases has rarely dropped below 2000, with 2581 reported on Sunday, alongside two deaths.

But ministers will not be considering a return to greater restrictions “at this moment”, according to the health secretary.

Scots were subject to strict measures from the onset of the pandemic, ranging from curbs on hospitality to mandatory stay at home orders and school closures before they were eased in August.

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“No further restrictions are being considered at this moment, we’re looking to maximise every lever that we possibly can,” he told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme.

“Our concern also is that we’re going into probably the most difficult winter we’ve ever faced, so other respiratory viruses such as flu will also cause sustained pressure, continued pressure on a very challenging situation in the NHS.”

Yousaf added that the Scottish Government remains “committed” to driving down case numbers, but coronavirus is likely to continue to have the opportunity to spread through the winter as people start to meet indoors.

“Hopefully, for example, the excellent progress we’re making vaccinating 12-15-year-olds with the first dose of the vaccine, that will help to drive down numbers,” he said.

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“We’re still committed to driving down numbers, we’re not satisfied at case levels the way they are.”

The health service along with the Scottish Ambulance Service has seen increased pressure in recent months, causing long waits and prompting the Scottish Government to call in the military and the fire service for assistance.

The health secretary praised the support from the military as “excellent”, adding: “We’ve asked them to come in and help, they’ve not wasted a single second.

“They’ve engaged with us and made personnel available where possible.

“As you can imagine, the military is getting these requests from every single health board and NHS trust across the entire United Kingdom, so no doubt they are also stretched.”


Enforcement of Covid vaccine passport scheme comes into effect

Proof of full vaccination will be required to enter nightclubs and large events from Monday.

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Enforcement of Scotland’s controversial Covid vaccine passport scheme comes into effect from Monday.

Proof of full vaccination is required to enter nightclubs and large events as part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus and increase vaccine take-up.

The measures technically came into effect from October 1, but an 18-day grace period was announced following backlash from affected industries and significant problems with the new app.

The policy will now be enforceable for nightclubs, strip clubs and unseated indoor events with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor events with over 4000 and any event with more than 10,000 people.

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Scots will have to show proof they have had both vaccine doses, with a paper copy of the certificate or a QR code on a new app, although the latter has been plagued with problems since its launch.

Councils are responsible for ensuring venues and businesses are checking vaccine status.

Ruth Jones, manager of ATIK nightclub in Aberdeen said: “There has been so much confusion, we have just been inundated with e-mails and messages from customers that don’t understand, you know, do they need to have double vaccines, can they come in with negative lateral flow tests, which obviously they cannot.

“The information to them has not been clear, not to us either, you know, it’s been pretty much ‘this is what you’ve got to do’ and then not really a lot of guidance then surrounding how you actually action that.”

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Health secretary Humza Yousaf said: “The grace period allowed venues and businesses affected more than two weeks to test the scheme in practice and make suitable arrangements.

“It has also provided the Government with helpful feedback from the sectors affected and we continue to liaise with them going forward.

“This is a very limited scheme and we hope this will allow businesses to remain open and prevent any further restrictions as we head into autumn and winter.

“This virus has not gone away and vaccine certification will have a role to play in keeping transmission under control as part of a wider package of measures.

“It adds a further layer of protection in certain higher-risk settings.

“I also want to ensure that as many people get vaccinated as possible and particularly to increase uptake in the younger age cohort, so anything to incentivise that is helpful.”

Scottish Labour’s health spokesperson Jackie Baillie said: “The shambles that followed the release of the vaccine passport app was a predictable disaster.

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“Weeks have passed and we have seen no change of plans despite concerns from the public, public health experts and businesses.

“This whole debacle has happened because the SNP are arrogant enough to believe they are right and Scotland is wrong.

“The First Minister is making this up as she goes along.

“If we want to control the virus we must look at proper resourcing of our test and protect system which has collapsed in recent weeks.

“If we want to drive up vaccination we should be going door-to-door to convince those we know are hesitant and making it easier to just walk in for an appointment.

“Instead the Government is doubling down on this mess.”


Man denies attempting to murder two-month-old baby boy

Declan Walton allegedly tried to kill the child at a property in Glenrothes, Fife, last year.

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Prosecutors claim the 30-year-old shook the infant or inflicted blunt force trauma to his head by means unknown.

 A man has denied the attempted murder of a baby boy in Fife.

Declan Walton allegedly tried to kill the two-month-old child at a property in Glenrothes on June 5, 2020.

Prosecutors claim the 30-year-old shook the infant or inflicted blunt force trauma to his head by means unknown.

The attempted murder charge states this was to the baby’s severe injury, permanent impairment and to the danger of his life.

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Walton also faces a separate allegation of attacking the child on an earlier date.

He is further alleged to have assaulted a five-year-old boy by striking him and throwing the youngster causing him to hit a wall.

This is said to have occurred between September 2019 and March 2020.

Walton is also alleged to have engaged in abusive behaviour towards a woman and possessed cannabis.

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His QC Ian Duguid pled not guilty on his behalf to the charges during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow on Monday.

He added: “The defence are in a position to fix a trial.”

Mr Duguid said the case could last for up to 10 days due to the “complexity of the medical evidence”.

No trial was set and Lord Matthews instead adjourned the case until a further hearing later this month.

Walton remains on bail.


Livingston goalkeeper diagnosed with testicular cancer aged 20

Daniel Barden, on loan at the club from Norwich City, will now spend some time away from football.

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Livingston goalkeeper Daniel Barden is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.

Livingston goalkeeper Daniel Barden has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The 20-year-old, who is on loan from English Premier League side Norwich City, is undergoing treatment and spend time away from football.

Barden thanked Norwich manager Daniel Farke and Livingston boss David Martindale for their support in a statement released on Monday.

He said: “It has been a very difficult and challenging period, but the support of my family, friends and colleagues has helped get me through the last few weeks.

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“I can’t thank the medical departments at both Norwich and Livingston enough, as well as everyone at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

“The speed at which everything has moved has been crazy, but everyone has been absolutely brilliant with me. Both Daniel Farke and the Livingston manager, David Martindale, have also been very supportive.

“The initial diagnosis was a real shock for me, but the positive thing is that we’ve caught it early and the prognosis and next steps have all been positive.

“I’m optimistic and have a positive mindset. I’m confident that I’ll be able to beat it and that I’ll be back out there doing what I love soon.

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“I’d like to thank everyone around me for their support. I know that the coming period will be challenging and would ask for privacy for me and my family at this stage. Where possible, I’ll do what I can to update on my progress.”

Barden, who has represented Wales at U-19 and U-21 level, moved to West Lothian on loan earlier this year.

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber said: “Everyone at Norwich City wishes Dan a speedy recovery. Our love and thoughts are with him and his family as he starts this latest challenge in his life.

“Dan is part of our family and we look out for our own. He knows we are with him every step of the way.

“The care and attention Dan has had so far has been top class. We thank everyone who has looked out for him and we are grateful for Livingston for acting on Dan’s symptoms and alerting us.”

“We can’t wait to welcome Dan back to Carrow Road and the Lotus Training Centre.

“It goes without saying but we give Dan our full love, support and best wishes in his recovery and will assist where we can at every step of the way.”

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Scottish SPCA appeal after kittens found dumped in vodka box in park

The cats were found by children in Gallatown Park in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Thursday.

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Rescued: The kittens are now in the care of the Scottish SPCA.

An animal welfare charity has launched an appeal after three kittens were abandoned in a park.

The Scottish SPCA said the young cats were found in a vodka box in Gallatown Park in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Thursday.

A member of the public called the charity to report that some children had discovered the animals while playing.

The kittens – two males and one female – are thought to be around 12-weeks-old.

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Appeal: The kittens were found in a cardboard box.
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Scottish SPCA inspector Robyn Gray said: “The kittens were found in a vodka box that appears to have been used for moving or storage in the past. The box is marked ‘tops’ and dated from 2017.

“The animals were found in the park at around 2pm and can’t have been there for long as both they and the cardboard box they were in were dry despite the wet weather.

“The kittens were in good condition and did not have any injuries, illnesses or fleas so they have clearly been well cared for up to this point.

“Although we appreciate the owner may have meant for these cats to be found, this is not the proper way to give up an animal if you can no longer care for them.”

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She added: “They are semi-longhaired and all have distinctive markings so we’re sure someone must recognise them.”

Anyone with information about the kittens is asked to call the charity’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.


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