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Community / Limited visits to care homes now allowed

Lerwick's Edward Thomason House, one of several care homes on Shetland where staff are feeling under pressure due to recruitment problems.Lerwick's Edward Thomason House.

LIMITED visits to Shetland’s council run care homes are now possible again under carefully controlled conditions.

Scottish Government guidance allows for a single designated individual to visit their family member or friend outdoors, with appropriate social distancing.

Chair of the local integration joint board councillor Emma Macdonald said she was pleased with the progress.

The board brings together NHS Shetland and Shetland Islands Council and has responsibility for most local care centres.

Councillor Macdonald said: “It has been an extremely difficult few months for residents, families and staff, and it is so important that this contact is now being allowed, albeit under carefully monitored conditions.

“We know all too well the risks the virus poses to this vulnerable group of people, so it is important we continue to be vigilant, but I’m hopeful that before too long we can move to more relaxed visiting.”

More detailed care home visiting guidance can be found on the Scottish Government website at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-adult-care-homes-visiting-guidance/