DEATHS AT AN­OTHER CARE HOME

MSP Jackie calls for trans­parency

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Res­i­dents at a care home in Alexan­dria have died af­ter an outbreak of Covid-19.

Balquhid­der House Care Home is the lat­est in our area to be hit by the deadly virus. But the num­ber of peo­ple who have died has not been con­firmed de­spite en­quiries.

This has led to calls from MSP Jackie Bail­lie for greater trans­parency.

A spokesman for the care home op­er­a­tor said no de­tails would be re­leased “out of re­spect” for res­i­dents but stated, in re­sponse to re­ports, “there have not been ‘deaths num­ber­ing in the late teens’”.

Other care homes to re­port deaths in­clude Cas­tle View and Crosslet House care homes in Dum­bar­ton.

Jackie (left) said: “Our thoughts and sym­pa­thies go out to the fam­i­lies of those who have passed away.

“There needs to be com­plete trans­parency about what is go­ing on in our care homes, which is cur­rently sadly lack­ing lo­cally.”

A care home in Alexan­dria is the lat­est to re­port deaths to Covid-19 – with bosses as­sur­ing they have brought it un­der control.

The Care In­spec­torate con­firmed there have been “tragic deaths” due to coro­n­avirus at Balquhid­der House Care Home, run by Hand­sale Lim­ited.

The num­ber of res­i­dents who have died has not been con­firmed de­spite our en­quiries.

A spokesman for the care home is­sued a state­ment re­fut­ing re­ports that the num­ber was in the “late high teens”.

MSP Jackie Bail­lie told the Len­nox Her­ald that she heard the deaths were in this re­gion.

Nei­ther Hand­sale or West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil con­firmed fig­ures how­ever a spokesman for the firm stated the num­ber was not this high.

He said: “Balquhid­der House, like many care homes in the coun­try, has been af­fected by Covid-19. The mea­sures we have im­ple­mented at the home have proven ef­fec­tive at bring­ing things un­der control.

“We have had open chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with fam­ily mem­bers of our beloved res­i­dents through­out and we would like to ex­tend our sin­cer­est thanks as they have been ex­traor­di­nar­ily won­der­ful in their sup­port.

“It is out of re­spect for them and their loved ones ’pri­vacy that we will not dis­cuss any de­tails, how­ever we can cat­e­gor­i­cally state that there have not been ‘deaths num­ber­ing in the late teens’.

“We would also like to say thank you to the Care In­spec­torate and the lo­cal Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, in par­tic­u­lar our GPs, the team at the Public Health Pro­tec­tion Unit and the team at the lo­cal test­ing hub who have been very sup­port­ive.”

Deputy Scot­tish Labour leader Bail­lie says care homes are at the epi­cen­tre of the Covid-19 and called for more trans­parency over the im­pact. Other care homes to re­port deaths in­clude CastleView and Crosslet House care homes in Dum­bar­ton.

Jackie said: “With ev­ery week that passes more deaths are oc­cur­ring in our care homes, and this is de­spite the ef­forts of our hard­work­ing care staff.

“This week there have been re­ports of deaths in the high teens at Balquhid­der Care Home but be­cause nei­ther the coun­cil nor the care home will con­firm the num­ber it is dif­fi­cult to ver­ify. What­ever the num­ber, this is the loss of loved ones and our thoughts and sym­pa­thies go out to the fam­i­lies of those who have passed away.

“There needs to be com­plete trans­parency about what is go­ing on in our care homes, which is cur­rently sadly lack­ing lo­cally.”

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

“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.”

Outbreak At Balquhid­der Care Home in Alexan­dria

Care home Balquhid­der House

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