Death toll rises to 11 at COVID-19 outbreak care home


A further four residents have died with COVID-19 at a Scottish care home following a serious outbreak of the virus.

Leading care home operator HC-One confirmed that 11 residents had now passed away with COVID-19 at Redmill Care Home in West Lothian.

HC-One said 35 residents and 20 colleagues were still COVID-19 positive following the outbreak which is being investigated by the Multi-agency incident Management Teams (IMT) led by NHS Lothian.

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A spokesperson for the home 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.

“Supporting our residents is at the heart of what we do and our colleagues are doing everything they can to care for residents at Redmill in what are hugely difficult circumstances. We have a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan in place and we are working closely with NHS Lothian and Public Health to ensure we are doing all we can to respond to and overcome this outbreak. A very significant amount of resource and senior leadership time is being dedicated to this home so that we can help as many residents as possible to return to good health.

“The home continues to be well supplied with the medical equipment and PPE needed to protect residents and colleagues. We have additional senior management supporting the home and our colleagues seven days a week. We also engage with the NHS daily to ensure that residents can access the healthcare they need.

“We are in contact with the next of kin of our residents, and we are grateful for their ongoing support and understanding. We are very proud of our colleagues and the bravery and dedication they show to supporting our residents.”


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