A Highland care home has drafted in staff from sister homes due to a “significant” number of absences following a COVID outbreak.
Parklands Care Homes said staff from neighbouring homes in Buckie on the Moray Firth had been brought in to cover for staff absences following an outbreak at Eilean Dubh in Fortrose.
The care provider was not able to comment on the number of residents and staff affected by the outbreak but the Ross-shire Journal reported that up to 14 employees may have been infected or self-isolating at one point recently.
A spokesperson for the home said: “A small number of residents and staff at Eilean Dubh are currently positive with COVID-19. In line with standard procedures, affected residents have been in isolation but we expect their isolation period to end by Thursday.
“Further tests were carried out last Friday and were all negative. As a precaution, we are carrying out another round of tests this week.
“Affected employees have been isolating at home on full pay, although some are now beginning to return to work.
“We have been communicating with relatives throughout, and will continue to do so. We would like to thank relatives for their support during this period. Our staff have been touched by their generosity and kindness of spirit.
“This is a reminder that COVID-19 is still very much active in the local community. We continue to follow Public Health Scotland and Care Inspectorate infection prevention and control guidelines at all times. The safety and welfare of our residents and staff is our top priority.
“We are grateful to our colleagues from Parklands’ Buckie homes who have been supporting the team at Eilean Dubh as part of their ongoing career development and in order to help facilitate the opening of a new wing following the recent closure of Shoremill Care Home in Cromarty. The closure of this facility has resulted in several residents relocating to Eilean Dubh.”