A Highland care home remains closed almost three months after residents were moved out following allegations of “poor practice”.
It is understood the allegations related to treatment of the elderly residents at The Mackintosh Centre in Mallaig – named after theatre impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who supported it financially.
Three members of staff at the NHS Highland-run Lochaber home were suspended and the home was closed at the beginning of July
Its seven residents were 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.
At that time, the health board said it hoped it to reopen the centre in four to six weeks.
However, at the end of August, it said a further four to six weeks would be needed for staff training.
And a spokesman today confirmed that a date had not yet been set.
He said: “We are still working towards getting the residents back in there as soon as possible, but we don’t have a date as yet.
“It is important that we get the quality and level of staff right for the care of the residents.”
He added that the three staff, who were suspended, remained off work.
When the allegations came to light, NHS Highland launched an internal investigation and police were informed of the situation.
A police spokesman said: “There is no police involvement at this time.”