A ninth resident died in an independent nursing home at the center of a coronavirus outbreak in Skye.
The death occurred at the Home Farm nursing home, where 30 residents and 29 staff tested positive for Covid-19.
HC-One, the owners of the Portree home, confirmed earlier that the eighth resident who died during the epidemic died on Wednesday.
NHS Highland is helping manage the home after the care inspectorate raised “serious and important concerns”.
On Thursday, the inspection began legal action that could prevent operator HC-One from managing the facility.
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HC-One said it was disappointed that the Healthcare Inspectorate had taken legal action, adding that it was working with NHS Highland to implement a “robust plan of action”.
In a statement confirming the eighth death, the firm added, “We have a comprehensive coronavirus emergency plan in place, which was created by our clinical director and reflects the latest government guidelines. “
‘Nowhere to go’
Local MP Ian Blackford told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland that the most important issue is to protect those infected with the virus at home and to support staff.
He said the nursing home should remain open.
MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber added, “Whatever happens, we need to have a facility that is fit for purpose and, with the NHS, no one should be considering whether residents should be moved .
“They should stay where they are – especially in the circumstances where they find themselves – with the right management and care response. “
Fay Thomson, whose sister Meg Cameron has been resident for three years, said the news of the Care Inspectorate’s action had been a shock.
She told BBC Naidheachdan: “The most important thing that we need to know urgently is that Home Farm will not be closed and that there is a good level of care there. “
She said there was nowhere else residents could go to Skye due to the lack of nursing homes, adding that this had led to people finding nursing homes in other parts of the Highlands .
Confirmation of the death of the eighth person at Home Farm also follows tributes to Ina Beaton, 103, who died at home on May 11. She was the seventh resident to die.
Born Hectorina Matheson, she was a well known figure of Skye and lived in her own house in Balmaqueen until only two years ago.
Ina lived through the Great War, the Spanish flu of 1919 and moved to Glasgow during the war years where she worked as a driver on the trams, surviving the Clydebank Blitz.
Her grandson Ailean Beaton described her as her “best friend and light guide”.