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The majority of improvements required by the Care Inspectorate have been undertaken at St Brendans’ care home.

Inspectors said nine out of 14 requirements have been satisfied.

But a recent inspection on 24 May was curtailed as the “devastating” news emerged that island girl Eilidh Macleod had been killed in the Manchester terror attack.

The Care Inspectorate were met by staff and management.

The report said: “We spent time with the manager and the staff of St Brendan's.

Barra care home inspection

21 July 2017

“Follow up conversations were limited in response to the impact of the grief and loss experienced by staff and service users as a result of the terrorist incident in Manchester, news of which was just unfolding on the day of the inspection.”

The people they spoke with during the inspection were generally happy with the service they received.

The plans for a new building are ongoing and since the last inspection two rooms have been refurbished. The small sitting room was more homely and inviting for people using the care service.

Other rooms will be refurbished over the next months and the process is ongoing.

The comhairle is urged to continue to ensure that the care home is maintained well until the new building is available.

Appropriate training had been completed by all staff relating to best practice guidance and that issues we highlighted at the last inspection had been addressed

The previous use of baby alarms as replacement for an effective call bell system was inappropriate and compromises people's privacy and dignity. This issue has now been resolved said the report.

The call system has been repaired and a more effective procedure put in place to ensure that defective equipment is repaired timeously.

Some improvements have been implemented to the system of quality management.

Staff recently received training and made aware about best practice regarding restraint and seeking appropriate consent.

Oral health care plans are now in place for each person.