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Measures put in place after ‘very concerning’ care home COVID outbreak

Charnwood Lodge

A range of infection prevention measures have been in place following a coronavirus outbreak at a Dumfries care home.

The steps have been taken to stem the outbreak at Charnwood Lodge, which is operated by charity, Community Integrated Care.

A spokesman for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “Our absolute priority is to minimise risk for the most vulnerable people within our communities, including care home residents.

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“We currently have a very concerning situation at Charnwood Lodge, where there are a number of cases of COVID-19 amongst residents and colleagues who are all self-isolating. Regular testing takes place at all care homes within the region, and the speed of transmission in this home, despite regular testing and the correct protocols being observed, demonstrates the risk and challenges posed by this highly transmissible virus.

“We are continuing to offer our full support to the team at Charnwood Lodge and everyone affected by this challenging situation.”

Martin McGuigan, Managing Director at Community Integrated Care, said: “In response to this outbreak, we are taking all necessary precautions suspending all visits and admissions to the home with immediate effect. A number of additional robust infection prevention measures are now being implemented to help stem transmission of the virus along with a thorough decontamination of the home.

“We are working closely in partnership with the local authority and public health teams throughout this time and are regularly updating all family members of residents.”

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