Number of deaths at care home linked to coronavirus

The Care Inspectorate said it was aware of the deaths at Almond Court in Drumchapel.

Number of deaths at care home linked to coronavirus Holmes Care Group

A number of residents have died from suspected coronavirus at a Glasgow care home.

The Care Inspectorate said it was aware of the deaths at Almond Court, a purpose-built care home in Drumchapel that provides 24-hour support to older people and those with dementia.

The watchdog said it is in contact with operator Holmes Care Group, along with Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “We are aware of the tragic death of residents at this care home as a result of suspected cases of Covid-19.

“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those affected as well as the staff and wider community of the home.

“We have been notified of the circumstances and we are in contact with the care service and the local health and social care partnership during this difficult time.

“All of Scotland’s social care sector is working under very difficult circumstances to care for people during the pandemic and the Care Inspectorate is doing all it can to support them.”

Holmes Care Group later said it would not be commenting on the numbers of suspected cases or deaths, but would continue to communicate directly with the “loved ones of anyone affected”.

A Holmes Care Group spokesman added: “The welfare of our residents and team members is our foremost priority, and we are doing everything we can to keep them safe throughout these challenging times. 

“With deep sadness we can confirm that some of our residents have passed in recent weeks with suspected Covid-19.

“We have robust infection control procedures in place throughout our home, including appropriate distancing and isolation from suspected cases, as well as clear processes for using PPE around the home and thorough hygiene and cleanliness regimes. 

“These measures have been approved by the relevant authorities, and we have a good supply of PPE.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this awful disease as we remain determined to limit its impact in our homes.”