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Stranraer Nursing Home Investigated

A nursing home in Stranraer is being investigated after allegations were made into standards of care for its elderly residents.

Belmont House Nursing Home on Fairhurst Road has been probed by the Procurator Fiscal after a resident’s family member lodged a complaint about its service with police.

The Free Press understands that the investigation is in connection with a sudden death of a resident in July.

A police spokesman said a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

The Care Commision, which regulates all adult, child and independent healthcare services in Scotland, also received a call complaining of standards.

Henry Mathias, regional manager for the Care Commission said: “We can confirm we have received a complaint regarding this service.

“But we are not commencing any investigation at the moment as the matter is still the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

A spokesman from the nursing home’s owners, Guardian Care Ltd, said: “As this matter is under consideration by the police and the Procurator Fiscal it would not be appropriate for us to comment at this stage.

“However, we can assure our residents, their families and the public that the provision of high quality care and protection for our residents is our utmost concern.

“We have been carrying out our own investigation into this incident and, as a result, a member of staff has been dismissed — pending their right of appeal — in the interests of our residents, following a hearing under our disciplinary procedures.”

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