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Shoremill Care Home in Cromarty is set to close after 20 years leaving the current 12 residents until April to find a new placement as NHS Highland pledges to 'ensure' that new places are found for them


By Scott Maclennan

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Shoremill care home Cromarty.
Shoremill care home Cromarty.

The owner-operator of the Shoremill Care Home in Cromarty has announced that it will close its doors in around 13 weeks time.

The 13 weeks contractual notice to NHS Highland has been submitted meaning it will cease trading on April 18.

There are currently 12 residents in the home and NHS Highland and Shoremill Care Home are working to resolve the situation.

Together they hope to ensure the residents, families and staff are fully informed of the closure programme.

That involves developing a "person-centred plan" that will "ensure that new homes are identified for residents in due course."

Liaison social workers have been appointed to support the closure programme and residents and families will be fully involved in the transition process, according to the health board.

Staff will be also supported throughout the closure programme, after having provided care to residents for many years.

The owner and manager of Shoremill Sarina Duncan said: “It is with much sadness that I am announcing the closure of Shoremill Care Home. It has been an honor over the past 20 years to have owned and managed Shoremill.

“We have looked after many characterful residents and have had such wonderful happy times, not only with our residents but with their families and friends as well.

"Our aim was always to create a happy, homely family atmosphere, where residents and staff got to know each other well and looked upon Shoremill as a home from home.”

Mid Ross District Manager Kenny Rodgers said: “This is a sad time for residents, families and staff at Shoremill Care Home, the home has provided excellent care in the Black Isle community for many years.

"I am grateful to Sarina Duncan, owner and manager at Shoremill and her staff for their years of caring service to residents in the home, in particular, keeping residents and staff safe during the challenging Covid-19 period.

“The priority for NHS Highland will be to work with residents and their families to find new homes for the residents that best meet their care and social needs.

“We will remain in close contact with residents and their relatives to ensure they are kept up-to-date as this work continues to progress.”

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