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Huntly care home restricts visitors to prevent spread of coronavirus

By Pat Scott

THE Balhousie Care Home at Huntly has placed a restriction on visitors to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Balhousie care Group, which operates 25 homes has said it will only allow essential visits.

Additional ipads are being provided to ensure residents can keep in touch with family.

Doctors and district nurses will be given access and essential deliveries and maintenance repairs will continue.

A spokeswoman stressed there are no cases of coronavirus among its residents or staff members and the move was a preventative measure.

She said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance to us at Balhousie Care Group. Because of this, and in the light of the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking the precautionary measure of only allowing essential visits to our care homes.

“We have excellent lines of communication between residents and their relatives and friends, including private Facebook groups, video and Skype calling, social media, and newsletters. We know our care homes will maximise these channels in order to ensure that residents’ contact with family and friends is maintained.

"We are issuing our homes with additional iPads in order to help this happen.

“We have robust infection control practices and strict protocols in place to limit the risks of cross-infection in our care homes and we monitor our residents’ health closely and continuously.

“We would like to thank residents, relatives and staff for their cooperation with this decision.”

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