World News – GB – Large Covid outbreak in nursing homes in Edinburgh and West Lothian leads to death of residents


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Teams of specialists, led by NHS Lothian, have been called in to assess the large number of confirmed cases at Redmill Care Home in West Lothian and Milford House in Edinburgh

At Redmill Care Home, a total of 53 residents and staff have been confirmed with Covid-19 so far, but more rounds of tests are currently underway

Milford House in Edinburgh has seen a total of 29 residents and staff test positive for the virus since the outbreak

As soon as the first cases were identified, the homes were closed to visitors and additional testing on all staff and residents was introduced as part of the enhanced response to the epidemic

Dr Frederike Garbe, of NHS Lothian, said: ‘We are working closely with the two care homes, the Health and Welfare Partnerships and the Care Inspectorate to provide all the necessary support

« The improved outbreak screening program allows us to identify staff and residents with the virus before they become symptomatic

« This gives us the opportunity to introduce improved infection control measures and barriers sooner than we could have done before. This allows staff and residents to start isolating themselves before they are they don’t become symptomatic, which in turn reduces the likelihood of passing the infection on to others

« As part of infection control measures, houses have been closed to visitors We know this is difficult for residents and their loved ones, but there is a need to ensure that outbreaks are under control. quickly possible and we thank the relatives for their cooperation and understanding

« It also serves as a timely reminder that even if you are not yet showing symptoms, you may still have COVID-19 and that is why self-isolation is crucial as soon as you come into contact with a case. confirmed « 

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News from the world – GB – A major outbreak of Covid in nursing homes in Edinburgh and West Lothian causes death of residents


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