Alert - Norovirus season has officially started - November 2011

Health Protection Scotland announced on 30 November 2011 that the Norovirus season has officially started.

Advice to Care Home settings is:

  • Follow the guidance entitled "General information and infection prevention and control precautions to prepare for and manage norovirus in care homes" 2011 which was previously publicised by the Care Inspectorate and Health Protection Scotland in November 2011.
  • Implement control measures as soon as possible to reduce potential spread. Remember to keep service users and their family/friends informed. Make sure everyone knows where to wash their hands on entering and leaving the care home.
  • Notify the local Health Protection Team (Public Health) and the Care Inspectorate immediately.
  • Keep a note of what worked well and what could have been done better so that lessons can be learnt and feedback can be given to all concerned.

Please remember that this virus can affect children and staff in childcare settings too.

Prompt action can reduce potential spread to other service users, visitors and staff.

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Industrial Action

There may be some disruption to our service on Wednesday 30 November due to industrial action. Planned inspection visits may be rescheduled and you may experience difficulty contacting us by telephone. Normal service will resume on Thursday 1 December.

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Care regulatory system "sufficiently rigorous"

Scotland’s care regulator, the Care Inspectorate, has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee conclusion that the inspection system for care of older people is "sufficiently rigorous".

Read the full press release here

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East Dunbartonshire Council Scrutiny Report - November 2011

We have now published our scrutiny report on East Dunbartonshire Council's delivery of social work services.

Click here to read the report.

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Guidance on contingency planning and financial viability

The Care Inspectorate has issued guidance for its staff in respect of the notification requirements of providers, what to do when responding to notifications about financial viability and also identifying financial viability issues.

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