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HEALTH CHIEFS SWOOP TO SHUT OAPS' HOME.

Health chiefs swooped on an old folks' home yesterday and evacuated 18 residents.

Ambulances rushed to Whitethorns Nursing Home in Dundee after environmental health officers closed down kitchens for serious breaches of hygiene.

Jeanette McMillan, chief nursing adviser and head of the health board's nursing home registration and inspection team, said: "Our over- riding concern is for the health and welfare of these 18 elderly people.

"We came to the conclusion it would present an unacceptable risk to the residents of the home to allow it to continue operating."

The emergency closure took place after Dundee city council officers served a prohibition order on the kitchens under the terms of the Food Safety Act 1990.

Seventeen residents were taken to Royal Dundee Liff Hospital and one admitted to Ninewells Hospital.

Relatives of the residents have been informed of the closure and each family is to be visited.

For the past year the home has been in the hands of receivers Scott Oswald & Co accountants.

Whitehorns is located in the up-market suburb of West Ferry, Dundee.

Last night, a spokeswoman for the home declined to comment.
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Author:Frew, Callum
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 21, 1998
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