900 people discharged into Scottish care homes without COVID-19 tests

Some 900 patients were discharged from hospital to care homes in March before compulsory testing was announced, the Scottish Parliament has heard.

Responding to the figures, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “We did everything possible to protect older people. There were risk assessments of people leaving hospitals and of course there was guidance to care homes about isolation. Guidance that was issued at the time, which made clear that clinical risk assessments should be carried out of the patients who were being discharged from hospital. Nobody who had symptoms of coronavirus, and certainly nobody for whom the clinical assessment was that they should continue to be in hospital, should have been discharged.”  

Figures from Scotland show that for the week to Sunday 24 May, there were 124 COVID-19 deaths in care homes, accounting for 54 per cent of the weekly total – down from 56 per cent in the previous week.  

In Scotland, to date, the total number of registered deaths with either a confirmed or presumed link to Covid-19 was 3,779.  The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Scotland has now fourth week in a row.

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