Court action dropped after ‘considerable improvement’ at HC-One care home

Home Farm

Court proceedings have been dropped against an HC-One care home where 10 people died during a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Care Inspectorate said it had dropped an application to cancel registration of Home Farm in Skye after it made “considerable improvement”.

The regulator launched proceedings in May after an inspection raised “serious concerns” at the home, which reported 56 COVID-19 cases during the height of the outbreak.

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A statement by the watchdog read: “We have monitored the home carefully and we are satisfied that there has been considerable improvement in the quality of care experienced by residents and the issues that were putting them at serious risk have been addressed.

“In light of this we have decided to no longer pursue the cancellation of the service’s registration through the courts.”

A spokesperson for HC-One said: “We have said consistently that we would improve standards and provide quality of life for residents at Home Farm. We have committed considerable resources to this, and substantial improvements have been confirmed through regular inspections by the Care Inspectorate and other regulatory bodies.

“We have worked constructively in a formal voluntary partnership with NHS Highland to make these improvements, and we are grateful for their support in doing so during this time.

“It is of the utmost importance that these improvements are sustained so that residents at Home Farm receive the service they expect and deserve for the long term. We are in advanced discussions with NHS Highland as we believe that a transfer of responsibility for Home Farm will be in the best and most sustainable interests of residents and colleagues at the home.”

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