Deaths at Linlithgow Care Home confirmed

HC-One has confirmed that “some residents” at Linlithgow Care Home have sadly passed away after testing positive for Covid-19.

Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 1:01 pm
19-05-2020. Picture Michael Gillen. LINLITHGOW. Day 57 of UK wide coronavirus lockdown. LINLITHGOW. Linlithgow Care Home.

However, following reports of Covid cases at the 80 bedroom facility on St Ninian’s Road, HC-One said its policy is to “generally not provide the number of cases/deaths at a home”.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with all families who have lost a loved one from coronavirus and we are doing our utmost to support them during this difficult time. Caring for our residents and supporting our colleagues is at the heart of what we do, and we are doing everything we can to make sure our residents and colleagues stay safe and well throughout these challenging times.

“We have a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan in place, which was created by our clinical director and reflects the latest government guidance. We have secured the medical equipment, PPE and supplies we need to protect residents and colleagues alike.

“Colleagues have access to a range of specific coronavirus training modules, including on the correct use of PPE. These training modules have been regularly updated to reflect all changes in the guidance over recent weeks.

“We are also working closely with our local health and care partners. “We are proud of our colleagues and how they have risen to the challenge of the coronavirus outbreak by showing huge dedication and commitment to our residents.

“We are providing round-the-clock support for all our teams, and we are also grateful to relatives for their ongoing support and understanding.”

On its website, HC-One said that 1,014 suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 had been found in its Scottish care homes as of Tuesday, adding: “209 residents have sadly passed away in our homes with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to date.”