Tragedy as more Covid-19 deaths in Peterhead

The community in Peterhead are reeling in shock at the news of several deaths in a local care home.

By John A. MacInnes
Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 9:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 9:01 am
Kirkburn Court in Peterhead
Kirkburn Court in Peterhead

Elderly residents living in Kirkburn Court Care Home , which provides both private and council allocated rooms for the elderly and those suffering from dementia, have been hit by Covid-19.

It is not known whether any staff have been tested as positive or have shown symptoms.

Barchester Healthcare who run the property in the town said some people at Kirkburn Court had “tragically” died.

A spokesman for the company said: “We are reporting all Covid-19 information to the relevant authorities, and it is a constantly changing picture.

“However, we can confirm that we have had individuals confirmed with Covid-19 at the home, and tragically some of those have sadly passed away.

“Every one of these deaths is a tragedy for all of us, and we send our heartfelt condolences to our residents, their families and our staff that have suffered.”

Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Grampian said in a joint statement: “We work closely with all care homes in the Peterhead area, including Kirkburn. The specialist health protection team ensures all homes can access help, support and advice.”

Stewart Stevenson MSP said: “I know the tragic deaths at Kirkburn Court in Peterhead is of deep sadness to families who have lost their loved ones and is a dark day for members of this community.

“My thoughts are with the relatives and everyone affected and I can assure you that we are all standing as one to leave no stone unturned and ensure the best protection is in place to contain the virus.”