Coronavirus in Scotland: Fife care home confirms four deaths in COVID outbreak

Four residents have died following an outbreak of Covid-19 at a Fife care home.

Abbotsford Care Bayview Home, Methil
Abbotsford Care Bayview Home, Methil

Twenty-one residents and 15 staff tested positive last month at Abbotsford Bayview care home in Methil.

Home owners, Abbotsford Care, confirmed the deaths in a statement today.

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The owners said the home had been COVID free “for the majority of the pandemic” adding: “This outbreak is evidently upsetting for everyone, though the Bayview community have rallied to support the home, residents, and staff.

“Throughout the duration of the pandemic Abbotsford Care, and the staff at Bayview, have followed strict guidance and implemented measures throughout the duration of lockdown.

"All staff were being stringently tested as part of the weekly testing programme. It was from the weekly testing that the first positive staff member was identified.“On December 3, a staff member tested positive, subsequently a sample of residents were tested from which the first positive resident was identified. Both the positive staff member and first positive resident had attended a hospital appointment on November 30.“The majority of residents were being cared for at home and experiencing mild symptoms.

"However, unfortunately, there have since been four deaths of residents who tested positive for Covid-19 within 28 days.“Families were supported to be with their loved ones where possible at the end of their life. Our thoughts are with all families during this difficult time.“We wish to reassure everyone that all the necessary measures are in place. We are working closely with Health Protection Scotland and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership. We are continuing to work closely with the Care Inspectorate to whom we are reporting our progress regularly.“Residents continue to be in isolation with their health and well-being remaining our priority and staff are going above and beyond to support them through this difficult time. “Relatives and families have been kept regularly updated on changing circumstance within the home.

"And, as in any situation, where a resident becomes unwell, we maintain clear and comprehensive dialogue with families, whilst taking advice and following guidance from their GP and other health care professionals. If necessary, we will support relatives to visit their loved ones who may be at the end of life.

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