A care home in Daliburgh has suspended admissions, discharges and visiting following yesterday’s (Friday September 25) confirmation regarding three positive cases of COVID-19 in Uist.

The local Problem Assessment Group (PAG) has advised testing of all staff and residents of Taigh a'Chridhe Uile Naomh (TACUN) in Daliburgh as part of the identification of cases of COVID-19 in South Uist and because care home staff were identified as close contacts,

Taigh a’Chridhe Uile Naomh is a largely purpose-built home which opened in July 2007 on the site of Daliburgh hospital.  There are nine permanent places in the main side of the Care Home and seven permanent places in the Dementia Unit.  There are two respite beds. Care home staff are routinely tested as a matter of course – however, on the advice of the local Health Protection Team, both residents and employees are currently being tested or re-tested.

In addition, Cothrom Nursery in Ormiclate will be closed until further notice because of nursery staff being identified as close contacts and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.  Overall, the centre provides quality childcare through the medium of Gàidhlig for children aged between 3 months and 12 years.

NHS Western isles says that all appropriate actions to ensure the continued safety of residents and employees of the care home are being taken in line with Scottish Government and Health Protection guidance and advice, and all staff, residents and residents’ families will continue to be kept informed.

NHS Western Isles can confirm that contact tracing of the three individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 infection is ongoing. Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate and other identified contacts are being followed up and given appropriate advice.

The individuals have mild symptoms that are being managed at home.

NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts said: “Following the identification of these positive results, the individuals involved have been asked to self isolate for ten days from onset of symptoms and we are tracing all their contacts, who are also being advised to self isolate for fourteen days from the date of their last contact with the case as a precaution. We would highlight to those contacted through Test and Protect to self isolate that they must complete their 14 day self isolation period, even in the event that they are subsequently tested, and test negative for COVID-19.

“We would like to reassure our local communities and visitors to the island that we are taking all necessary steps to contain the virus but it is vital that everyone in the Western Isles follows the current Scottish Government restrictions and FACTS guidance to limit any spread of the virus.”

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature (37.8C of greater)
  • And/or a new and continuous cough
  • And/or a loss or change in your sense of smell and/or taste.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you and your household should should immediately self isolate and book a test. To access testing in the Western Isles, contact the COVID-19 Response Team on 01851 601151 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The phoneline is staffed from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday with an answering machine available outwith those hours.

Alternatively you can complete the online COVID-19 Testing Programme Referral Form (NHS Western Isles) https://www.coronavirus.wi.nhs.scot/?page_id=2195