2nd June 2020
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Council’s depute leader says care home residents are receiving ‘best possible care’

The council’s depute leader has offered reassurances to families that loved ones staying in care homes are receiving the “very best care possible”.

Emma Macdonald was speaking after this weekend’s news that two residents in an isles care home had tested positive for the virus.

In a separate case, a patient at the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick was also confirmed to have had the virus.

Emma Macdonald

Ms Macdonald said: “I understand that families are likely to be anxious about the health of loved ones who live in our care homes or receive Care at Home Services.

“I would like to reassure everyone that residents and service users’ safety and wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us.

“We have stringent measures in place to shield all our clients, including the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and we are monitoring this very closely.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our staff, who are doing such fantastic work in these settings.

“This is a very difficult time for everyone, and I applaud their dedication.”

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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