Highlands & Islands

Lewis care home admission suspension lifted

A temporary suspension on admissions to a privately-run care home on Lewis has been lifted.

The suspension was put in place last month after concerns were raised about the dietary programme for residents the Blar Buidhe Care Home.

The Western Isles local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said it was pleased by the steps taken by care home owners HC-One to address the concerns.

HC-One previously said the decision to suspend admissions was voluntary.

The local authority had started an investigation after it was reported that some residents of the care home had been losing weight.

Iain Macaulay, the chief social worker for the Western Isles, said: "We have received positive feedback from NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar staff involved in this investigation.

"HC-One have worked closely and constructively with us during this whole process and we are pleased with the steps that they have taken to address our initial concerns.

"As a result, we are now fully satisfied that the terms of the investigation, under the Adult Support and Protection Legislation, no longer apply and that the large scale investigation has now been concluded."

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