Public Health report reveals 78 patients were sent to care homes in Scotland after testing positive for COVID-19

A report published today by Public Health Scotland reveals that 78 patients who had tested positive for COVID 19 were discharged from hospitals to care homes in Scotland between 1 March and 21 April 2020.

Of all the 3,599 elderly patients discharged from hospitals during that period, only 650 of them were tested for Covid-19.

The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the statistics in her daily briefing today stating that “the analysis does not find statistical evidence that hospital discharges of any kind were associated with care home outbreaks.”

However, Care Home representative bodies in Scotland do not consider this to be “the whole story” which they believe can only be understood by talking to people working at ground level in the Care sector many of whom believe that, in some instances, infections arrived in Care Homes as a direct result of discharge from NHS hospitals in Scotland.

The full Public Health Scotland report can be viewed here.

 

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