An HC-One care home that suffered a serious COVID-19 outbreak has been purchased by NHS Highland.
The purchase of Home Farm on the Isle of Skye, which suffered 10 COVID-19 related fatalities during the height of the outbreak, was secured with £900,000 in additional funding from the Scottish government.
NHS Highland has supported the home after an inspection in May revealed significant levels of concern.
Paul Hawkins, NHS Highland Chief Executive, said: “We have worked constructively with HC-One over the last number of weeks to improve the standards of care within the home, particularly in relation to managing infection control in a COVID-19 environment. Securing the future of the home under the Highland Health and Social Care Partnership within the NHS will enable us to ensure these standards are maintained.”
John Kirk, HC-One Managing Director, Scotland, added: “Over recent months we have worked at length with NHS Highland and the Care Inspectorate to make improvements at the home, and we are pleased that the Care Inspectorate’s reports in July and August recognise the significant improvements that have been made at Home Farm.
“The history at Home Farm is well known and we remain deeply sorry for what has happened. The latest Care Inspectorate reports should reassure the whole local community that the care provision and the environment at the home have significantly improved over recent months. Lessons have been and will continue to be learned from this experience, and we have taken steps to strengthen our oversight process so that we can prevent anything like this happening again.
“We are continuing our strong focus on maintaining and building on the improvements to the service, in partnership with NHS Highland, and we are confident the home has a bright future ahead of it.”