Probe into sudden death at Glenrothes care home

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An investigation has been launched into the sudden death of a resident at a Glenrothes care home.

The dementia patient, who has not been formally named, died in the Lomond Court care facility in Woodside, run by HC-One Ltd, after an incident on August 4.

The male was rushed to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy but later returned to the home. He later died on August 11.

Police have confirmed they received a call regarding the sudden death at the home and have since reported the incident to the Procurator Fiscal for further investigation.

It’s also been confirmed that the Care Inspectorate, Fife Council, and the Health and Safety Executive have also all launched investigations into how the tragedy could have arisen.

A spokesman for HC-One told the Gazette: “We were deeply saddened by the death of the resident and our thoughts and feelings are with their family during this difficult time.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone we support is our top priority.

“We are working closely with all relevant authorities and while the investigation is underway it would not be appropriate for us to comment further.”

Lomond Court provides dementia care for the over 65s. A succession of Care Inspectorate reports in November 2014 and March 2015 said crucial aspects of service, such as quality of care and support, staffing and quality of management, was ’weak’.

Fife Council has refused to comment on the incident pending the outcome of the investigation but has confirmed it has suspended all further placements to Lomond Court.

Councillor Ian Sloan said the tragic death further magnified concerns already expressed.

“All involved must do whatever they can to ensure a tragedy such as this is never repeated,” he said.

“It is Fife Council’s duty and responsibility to find the best possible care for our elderly and vulnerable, their safety and quality of care is paramount.

“If care at any of Fife Council’s external providers is found to be consistently below what we would expect, we should seek alternative provision.”