Investigation launched into COVID-19 death at Barchester care home

Drummond Grange

An investigation has been launched into the death of a care home resident from coronavirus.

Rodger Laing, 80, died 22 days after moving into Drummond Grange care home in Edinburgh which is operated by Barchester Healthcare, the Mirror reported.

A spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report in connection with the death.

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“The investigation into the death, under the direction of Covid-19 Death Investigation Team, is ongoing and the family will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”

The probe comes after concerns over infection control were raised by the Care Inspectorate, which is preparing to publish a full inspection report, the findings of which have been shared with the Scottish government.

While offering its “deepest condolences” to the friends and family of Mr Laing, Barchester also rejected the Care Inspectorate’s findings.

A spokesman for the provider said: “The general manager at Drummond Grange and her team have worked hard throughout the COVID-19 situation and today there are no residents who are COVID-positive.  This is testament to the hard work, professionalism and commitment of the team at Drummond Grange.

“We do not accept the findings in the report published, and especially in view of the fact that we had been led to believe that there was a conversation needed to agree a way forward in light of our concerns with the approach.  We are not accepting of this situation as a way to improve the resident experience and it is worth reiterating that this heavy-handed intervention has come eight weeks too late as the home, without any help from the Care Inspectorate, is now completely COVID-free.”

Earlier this month, Balhousie boss Tony Banks labelled the launch of a specialist unit at the Crown Office to investigate care home deaths as “disgusting”.

A spokesman for the Care Inspectorate said:  “The Care Inspectorate is working closely with care providers, health and social care partnerships, care industry leaders and the Scottish Government to ensure services get the support they need during the pandemic.

“Part of that work includes asking services to notify us of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. The purpose of these notifications is to enable us and our partners to direct help and support where it is needed. We share the general data from these notifications with Scottish Government who are the primary publishers of data related to COVID-19 during the pandemic.

“We understand this is a really worrying time for people who experience care, their loved ones and families and for those who work in care.  Our thoughts are with all those affected.”

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  1. At the height of the matters concerning the way Care Homes dealt with Covid 19.The true facts are overlooked. The only policy that could be implemented was the Cruel to be Kind. A simple saying but this is what has happened.. To protect the rest of the families,they must ioslate completely. All residents famiilies are protected. ..The Care Homes protects all families from contracting or bringing in.

    I am sure it would have been a different outlook if the families contracted the virus thus wiping out sons and daughter or grand children.. There is nothing that can be done once a deadly virus enters a Care Home..

    All the families are alive and well.Memories are of heroes of the viral war we have just fought… .. The duty of the Care Home was done correctly and all families well.

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