Every death in a Covid nursing home in Scotland is the true extent of the virus made public

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Every death in a Covid nursing home in Scotland is the true extent of the virus made public


At least 3,400 nursing home residents have died from Covid and yesterday the Crown office released figures that show the shocking distribution of home deaths by home.
There have been deaths in 480 of the country’s nursing homes and some have seen devastating epidemics that have left scores dead in their wake.

The highest number of deaths have been at Erskine Hospital for Former Servicemen in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, where 32 residents have lost their lives to the virus.

But 25 care homes have seen the deaths of 20 or more residents.

Statistics from the Crown office detail the death toll in each nursing home, except where the homes have four or fewer deaths for confidentiality reasons.

There are 198 nursing homes with less than five deaths, but if each of those four residents lost four residents to Covid, the actual picture could be closer to 4,000 deaths.

A special Crown office unit has been established to review all deaths in nursing homes.

The nursing home sector said it felt abandoned by the Scottish government at the start of the epidemic, while unions said their members were disappointed with both the government and some employers in care facilities. did not respond to the pandemic as quickly as members demanded. .

Premier Nicola Sturgeon admitted mistakes were made during the pandemic.

She said referring people from hospital to care homes in the early stages of the pandemic was one of those mistakes with more than 1,300 older people being sent to care homes before a proper testing regime was introduced. either in place.

Sturgeon has already pledged to conduct an inquiry before the end of the year if she is re-elected next month.

But yesterday she said: ‘I pledge to set up a judge-led public inquiry in Scotland to examine all aspects of our handling of the pandemic – including the situation in our nursing homes – and for the get started before the end of this year. .

“However, there is no doubt that it would be beneficial to conduct a survey that could focus on the four nations as well as specific issues within each nation. “

While Erskine has recorded the highest number of deaths at a single facility, operators of HC-One care homes have recorded 523 Covid deaths in their 56 Scottish care homes, including the one they no longer own in Skye.

The Home Farm care home was bought by NHS Highland after 10 residents died in a Covid outbreak.

The Care Inspectorate was so concerned with the home that they initially took steps to have HC-One’s registration revoked, but this was dropped after improvements to the home.

Other HC-One homes are Highgate, Glasgow where 26 residents died, Ailsa Craig, Glasgow which lost 25 residents, Springfield Bank, Bonnyrigg, 23, Orchard, Tullibody, 21 and Drummohr, Musselburgh and Fullarton, Irvine, who lost 20 each.

There is no legal obligation for homes to notify residents or their families of an outbreak or death.

The Daily Record has highlighted the problems encountered in nursing homes since almost the start of the pandemic, with staff being called upon to raise concerns about the lack of PPE.

GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith said last night: ‘Before the first lockdown, staff in care facilities were sounding the alarm bells about the vulnerability of service users and themselves. These concerns have been dismissed and even ridiculed by the Scottish Government and representatives of the care sector.

“The reality is that while ministers cheered for the caregivers, staff had to fight for the proper PPE and workplace testing, the basic tools needed to try to protect their health and safety as well as their service users. “

Scottish Labor Deputy Leader Jackie Baillie said: “The SNP has failed catastrophically to keep our nursing homes safe and thousands of people have now paid the price for their decision.

“It is unacceptable and offensive for the Prime Minister to claim that there is no alternative to the actions of her government.

“She was the health secretary when C. Diff raged through hospital wards and nursing homes, so she should have known what was going to happen. We also know that several pandemic planning exercises have gone unheeded.

“Too often during this crisis, the Prime Minister has looked away.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said it would be the first time many families learned the true scale of what was happening in the care homes of their loved ones.

He said: “I warned at the time about the danger of admitting untested residents to nursing homes, but the government insisted it was doing the right thing. »PPE.

She said: “We are expected to use regular aprons and gloves and the proper masks are not provided to us.”

A spokesperson for Erskine said, “We are and always have been extremely privileged to take care of our frail and elderly residents. We know that continuously hearing stories about Covid-19 deaths is heartbreaking for families who have lost loved ones, and we deeply regret any additional distress they feel.

“Erskine has operated under the guidelines of the Scottish Government and has spared no effort and no resource in our entire team’s year-long valiant battle against this terrible virus.”
They admitted: “There may be lessons to be learned from our experience with the pandemic going forward, but now is not the time, as continuing to care for our residents in a safe and secure manner is always. our main priority.

At Scottish Care, a spokesperson said the data “demonstrates the terrible toll” that has been felt by residents, families and nursing home workers over the past 13 months.

He added: “We have heard in recent days acknowledging that ‘mistakes’ have been made in ensuring that care homes are as ready as possible to receive the hundreds of people who have been discharged from NHS hospitals.

“We very much regret that insufficient attention has been paid to the needs of the care sector in relation to the preparation given and the focus on the NHS.”

HC-One has been asked for comments.

Nursing homes with 20 or more deaths

Erskine (hospital), Bishopton: 32

Rutherglen, Glasgow: 29

Elderslie, Paisley: 28 ans

Darnley Court, Glasgow: 26

Highgate, Glasgow: 26

Hillview, Clydebank: 26

Ailsa Craig, Glasgow: 25 ans

Braid Hills, Edinburgh: 25

Torry, Aberdeen: 25

Whitehills, East Kilbride: 25

Maison Berelands, Prestwick: 24

Guthrie House, Edinburgh: 24

Lornebank, Hamilton: 23

Springfield Bank, Bonnyrigg: 23

Braemount Nursing Home, Paisley: 22

Victoria Manor, Leith: 23

Burlington Court, Glasgow: 21

Caledonia Court, Larbert: 21

Drummond Grange, Lasswade: 21 years old

Verger, Tullibody: 21

Drummohr, Mussleburgh: 20

Fullarton, Irvine: 20

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