Reassurance provided following Eyemouth care home positive COVID-19 tests

Coronavirus

Published: Friday, 24th April 2020

Stringent infection control procedures are in place at Saltgreens Care Home in Eyemouth after small number of residents and members of staff tested positive for COVID-19.

SB Cares staff continue to support the residents affected, their family carers and care home staff at this time.

Reassurance for residents and family members

The families of residents have been reassured that all staff are fully compliant with infection control procedures and are following the latest Health Protection Scotland guidance.

This includes the provision of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which has been available and used by staff at all times.

In addition, residents are being encouraged to self-isolate and are being regularly observed throughout the day and night, with any resident symptomatic being referred for a COVID-19 test.

Support for staff

All staff have been given comprehensive guidance if they feel unwell in any way and know that they should not report for work. In addition, all staff are having their observations taken prior to each shift.

Chief Executive, Tracey Logan

"We understand this will be an anxious time for families of Saltgreens residents but I would reiterate that stringent control measures are being undertaken to minimise the risk of infection.

“We have been working with colleagues from NHS Borders’ Infection Control team and they are confident that staff are working to the required standards.

“We will continue to follow the correct procedures and guidance to support the health and wellbeing of Saltgreens’ residents and staff at this time.”

Nicky Berry, Director of Nursing, Midwifery, AHPs and Acute Services for NHS Borders

“We will continue to work together with Scottish Borders Council to provide as much support as possible to residents and staff members at Saltgreens Care Home.”

More information

  • Saltgreens Care Home currently has a total of 34 residents.
  • There are no other recorded cases of COVID-19 amongst care home residents in the Scottish Borders at this time.