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Carer claims to be among three to test positive for coronavirus at Glenisla home

By Jonathan Clark

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Parklands Care Home - Glenisla Care Home, Banff Road, Keith. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Parklands Care Home - Glenisla Care Home, Banff Road, Keith. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

A CARER at Glenisla Care Home in Keith has tested positive for coronavirus, it is understood.

Three cases of coronavirus were confirmed at Glenisla over the weekend after days of testing.

Parklands, which runs the home, confirmed at the weekend that two residents had tested positive for the virus. They said the third case was a member of the ancillary support team.

However, it is now understood it is a care worker who has tested positive for the virus.

A statement from Glenisla Care Home, on Saturday, said: “Following tests carried out at Glenisla, two residents have tested positive for Covid-19.

“Both residents are asymptomatic, in good spirits and are receiving high-quality personalised care from our team while they remain in isolation.

“We are in regular contact with their relatives and facilitating phone and video calls with their loved ones. A member of our ancillary support team, who does not work in a care role, has also tested positive for Covid-19.

“She too is asymptomatic and is self-isolating in accordance with medical advice.”

However, it is understood that the member of the ancillary support team mentioned in the statement is in fact a care worker.

The employee, who will remain anonymous, tested positive for the virus after attending the drive-through facility in Huntly last week.

The employee said: “I have worked several shifts in the pantry but I am primarily employed as a carer.

“I was at work when the result came in and was sent home immediately with a big pack of masks, gloves, aprons and gel.

“I am happy to say that I am still feeling fit and healthy. But when a colleague sent me the press clipping I was upset.

“Glenisla is a great place to work and we look after the residents well but I would like Parklands to be more aware that they can’t mislead the public.”

Parklands Care Home - Glenisla Care Home, Banff Road, Keith. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Parklands Care Home - Glenisla Care Home, Banff Road, Keith. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

When asked for comment, Parklands said: “We have nothing further to add to our statement. Our absolute focus is the health and welfare of our residents and staff.”

After a week in isolation, the carer was due to return to work yesterday – but was offered a test to ensure the virus has gone. That means isolation until a negative test was confirmed.

Some at the home are still awaiting test results, while Parklands said they will be pressing NHS Grampian for further testing in the coming weeks to provide peace of mind for residents, employees and families.

Residents are currently being isolated in their own rooms as a further precaution.

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