Investigations are under way at two care homes in Lothian, Scotland following significant COVID-19 outbreaks.
Multi-agency incident Management Teams (IMT), led by NHS Lothian, have been set up to investigate the outbreaks at HC-One’s Redmill Care Home in West Lothian and Renaissance Care’s Milford House in Edinburgh (pictured).
NHS Lothian said fewer than five residents who had tested positive had died at the homes. In addition, 53 staff and residents have tested positive for the virus at Redmill Care Home, with a further 29 staff and resident positive cases at Milford House.
Dr Frederike Garbe, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Lothian and Chair of the IMT, said: “We are working really closely with both care homes, the Health and Social Care Partnerships and the Care Inspectorate to provide all the support necessary.”
A spokesperson for Renaissance Care commented: “It’s extremely disappointing that, having remained entirely COVID free for the past six months, our Milford House care home is currently dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. A number of staff and residents have tested positive. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at this difficult time.
“We have been working closely with the Care Inspectorate throughout this period and they remain satisfied at the various steps we have taken to deal with the situation.
“We continue to work with all relevant parties and have implemented strict control measures in line with Health Protection Scotland and Government guidance.”
An HC-One spokesperson added: “Following routine testing, we can confirm Redmill care home is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak. We are taking all necessary precautions to minimise the risk of transmission to other colleagues and residents. This includes continuing to implement our robust infection control measures across the home and closing the home to non-essential visitors. Our senior team are supporting local colleagues and coordinating our response to the outbreak, and we are collectively working closely with NHS Lothian and Public Health as we navigate this next period.
“We are in regular contact with the next of kin of our residents, and we are grateful for their ongoing support and understanding. We are also proud of our colleagues and how they have shown huge dedication and commitment to our residents.
“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.”