Care home that suffered significant COVID outbreak rated ‘weak’


A Scottish care home that suffered a significant COVID-19 outbreak has been rated ‘weak’ in four areas by the Care Inspectorate.

Braemount Nursing Home, which is run by Advinia Health Care, was rated weak in the areas of care and support during the pandemic, people’s health and well-being, infection prevention and control practices, and staffing arrangements. The home suffered 18 COVID-related deaths during the pandemic but currently has no COVID positive residents.

The inspection, which was carried out on 24 November, featured in a report sent to the Scottish government this month.

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The report expressed “serious concerns” over the cleanliness of the environment and equipment used by residents.

While staff were found to be “knowledgeable and informed” about COVID-19 and current guidelines, guidance was not always followed on hand hygiene and PPE.

An Advinia spokesperson said it had “immediately implemented a detailed action plan” to remedy infection control concerns, including the introduction of professional deep cleaning teams, strengthened infection control protocols, supplementary training around the correct use of PPE and new senior leadership at the home.

Additionally, Advinia said it continued to follow well-established infection control protocols, including proper hand-washing techniques and social distancing and had a “plentiful supply” of appropriate PPE.

Advinia added: “We continue to work closely with the local Health and Social Care Partnership, Health Protection Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, who have since confirmed they are encouraged by the improvements that have been made at the home.”

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The author Lee Peart


  1. Interesting article…how do you know what’s happening in a care home when you can’t go in and see for yourself. A lot of all this is done on trust. All very difficult and worrying after reading the article in the care home in Scotland

    1. As a staff member working at braemount, I can tell you that our cleaning team has been short staffed throughout the pandemic. Management had been well aware, but failed to do anything until we had an outbreak. Even now they won’t admit they’re short staffed, with half the cleaning team off sick for months. Compete management overhaul needed!

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