The NHS Highland investigation into allegations of “poor practice” at a west Highland care home was continuing today.
The Mackintosh Centre at Mallaig in Lochaber has been temporarily closed due to allegations of “poor practice” at the unit.
And the seven elderly residents have been moved to Invernevis House Care Home in Fort William, which is more than 40 miles away, resulting in an 85-mile round trip for their friends and families.
A spokeswoman for the health board today said all residents had “settled in comfortably” at the Fort William care home.
She said: “Day care facilities continue at The Mackintosh Centre and we are keeping in touch with all staff.
“We are still following the adult support and protection line of inquiry.”
It is understood the allegations relate to abuse of residents at the home.
The health board previously said the police and Care Inspectorate had been informed.
It is hoped that the residents will be able to return to the Mallaig home in four to six weeks time.
A police spokesman today said: “Police Scotland can confirm that they have been made aware by the NHS of their inquiry at a care home in the Lochaber area.
“There is no further information at this time.”
And a Care Inspectorate spokesman said: “We are monitoring this situation closely and are working closely with NHS Highland to ensure residents and their families and carers receive the best possible service throughout this transition period.”
Anyone with any concerns about care at the home can contact the Care Inspectorate on 0845 600 9527.