Proceedings to impose an interim suspension order on HC-One’s operation of Home Farm care home in the Isle of Skye have been dropped by the Care Inspectorate.
Following a hearing at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday the decision was made to defer court proceedings on the registration of the home to August.
A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “The court has set a date for a further hearing
“We continue to work closely with partners at NHS Highland and others to ensure people living at Home Farm experience safe care.
“We have noted some improvements in the quality of care experienced by residents at the home.
“However, our concerns remain and we are continuing to seek the cancellation of the provider’s registration through the court.”
NHS Highland has been working with HC-One on infection control measures at the home following an initial outbreak, which resulted in 56 COVID-19 infections and 10 fatalities.
The home has since been in recovery with no positive cases in 33 days. A second positive test of a carer was this week attributed to the original infection of the home.
NHS Highland said it was pleased to see improvements in the standard of care in recent weeks and would continue to work with HC-One and the Care Inspectorate to ensure that these were maintained.
John Kirk, Managing Director, HC-One Scotland, said: “We are pleased with yesterday’s outcome following the significant progress which has been made at the home and recognised over recent weeks, including most recently by the Care Inspectorate following an inspection at the home on Monday.
“Our team at Home Farm has worked incredibly hard and we are thankful for their unwavering efforts and courage in responding to the virus and the personal sacrifices they have made to support the home. We are also grateful for the support of our partners at NHS Highland over this time.
“Looking ahead, we will continue working closely with NHS Highland as we focus on building on what has been achieved and sustaining these improvements. Our residents are our number one priority and we are committed to making sure they receive the service they expect and deserve both now and for the long term.”