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Hospital in Aviemore remains closed to new admissions and visitors

By Gavin Musgrove

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The new £20m hospital at Dalfaber in Aviemore which opened last Autumn.
The new £20m hospital at Dalfaber in Aviemore which opened last Autumn.

NHS Highland has said that the ward at Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital remains closed to new admissions and visitors.

The ward was closed at the end of last week after the detection of a small number of cases of Covid-19.

Health chiefs have not given a date yet for when the restrictions will be lifted.

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 at the end of last week: "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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