BY MICHAEL RUSSELL
Staff and residents at the Hilton care home in Broadford on Skye were allegedly told to “get out this Sunday” by the owners.
As NHS Highland frantically try to secure alternative accommodation for five elderly residents, it is understood that the owners, Mr and Mrs Mekameh Pirzadeh, only told the 14 staff on Tuesday of this week that the care home was to close. No one from the Hilton was available for comment as we went to press.
A spokesman for NHS Highland said: “NHS Highland has been advised that the operators of Hilton care home in Skye intend to close the service at short notice. NHS Highland will work closely with the operators to ensure that the five residents currently housed within Hilton care home will be offered appropriate accommodation and care in alternative services as soon as possible.”
Local Highland councillor Hamish Fraser said the first he heard of the Hilton’s closure was also on Tuesday of this week. He hoped the residents wouldn’t be “shipped off” to somewhere off the island, which would make visits from relatives more difficult.
“The shortage of care home places in Skye and Lochalsh is a major concern,” he said. “It will be difficult for NHS Highland to find suitable beds in this locality. We have a long waiting list for places in care homes and this really has to be looked at.”
NHS Highland should look at a number of “step-down beds” in the area, Mr Fraser added, so that those being discharged from nursing care could use these beds before rejoining the community.
The Hilton has been beset by problems since the current owners took over in 2010. Three former employees took the owners to an employment tribunal, which was settled out of court in February of this year.