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Respite centre in Brora shut amid investigation

Services at a respite centre for adults with learning disabilities have been suspended.

NHS Highland said an investigation and staffing pressures had led to the temporary closure of Beachview Lodge Respite Unit in Brora.

Police are involved in the probe which will look into concerns raised about services at the unit.

The six-bed unit provides short breaks for people from all over the Highlands.

Bob Silverwood, NHS Highland's Caithness and Sutherland area manager, said the decision to suspend services "had not been taken lightly".

He said: "We are, of course, keen to ensure that we can continue to offer respite care for those booked to use the unit, which is why we have taken a block booking at Seaforth House, a privately-operated respite care centre in Maryburgh, Ross-shire.

"We would like to minimise any inconvenience to service users and their families, as well as our staff, and hope the situation at Beachview Lodge Respite Unit can be resolved as soon as possible."

NHS Highland said the situation at the respite site did not affect the nearby Beachview Lodge Day Centre.

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