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Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital's ward closed due to Covid outbreak

By Gavin Musgrove

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The new Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital which opened last Autumn in Aviemore.
The new Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital which opened last Autumn in Aviemore.

The ward at Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital has been closed to new admissions and visiting following the detection of a small number of cases of Covid-19.

NHS Highland has said all appropriate infection prevention and control measures have been put in place.

Close contacts have been identified and given appropriate advice and support.

An NHS Highland spokesperson said: "We have not reached this decision lightly and recognise that this could cause a great deal of concern and anxiety for patients and their loved ones during this time.

"These measures will be reviewed on a regular basis.

"If visits are essential please contact the ward a relative or loved one is in, and the staff will provide support with arrangements."

NHS Highland has stressed that no-one should visit any hospitals or care home settings if they or anyone else in their household has tested positive for Covid-19 or has any symptoms.

The spokesperson said: "It is more important than ever to keep to guidance about distancing, hand washing, and wearing a face covering.

"People can reduce the spread of Covid-19 by taking regular LFD tests and booking a PCR test if they have symptoms."

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