Highlands & Islands

Admissions to care home on Isle of Lewis suspended

Admissions to a privately-run care home on Lewis have been temporarily suspended after concerns about its dietary programme for residents.

Western Isles local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said a review would be made of the HC One owned Blar Buidhe Care Home.

The Western Isles' chief social work officer said concerns were raised last year and again recently.

A spokesman for the home said it took all concerns "extremely seriously".

The comhairle said a "multi-agency review" would be carried out.

Chief social work officer Iain Macaulay said: "We have acted quickly, in light of previous issues taken together with these latest concerns, by adopting a more interventionist approach, to reassure ourselves and families that there is no immediate risk to any of the residents."

'Serious and concerning'

He added: "We are determined that the highest standards of care are in place at all residential facilities in the Western Isles.

"Families of residents are being informed of the current procedures under way."

The Care Inspectorate described the situation as "a serious and concerning matter".

A spokesperson said: "The Care Inspectorate has been kept closely informed by colleagues at the local authority and we continue to monitor this situation.

"Everyone in Scotland has the right to safe, compassionate care which meets their needs and respects their rights."

HC One said the decision to suspend admissions had been voluntary.

A spokesperson said: "Two weeks ago we contacted the dietician to let them know that a number of residents had lost weight.

"Some of the residents we included in our update were on planned weight loss programmes and had been on a plan of care to reduce their weight.

"Where residents had lost weight outside of these planned programmes, plans were in place to support them and some residents had already gained weight.

The spokesperson added: "The health and wellbeing of the people we support is our number one priority, and the home is being supported by our regional management team to ensure every resident continues to receive the high quality care they deserve."

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