A care home in Dumbarton which was slammed previously for poor levels of care given to some residents has reported cases of coronavirus, the Reporter understands.

Castle View Care Home contacted families with relatives in the home on Thursday to explain that 'a couple of cases' had been confirmed.

The purpose-built home in Castlegreen Street came under serious scrutiny last year, including a joint investigation between the Care Inspectorate and the council’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

This followed complaints from relatives about poor levels of care being given to relatives.

The Reporter told last May how Hugh Caldwell from Haldane had been removed from the home by his sisters after he contracted the potentially deadly sepsis while a resident.

He was also suffering from a bacterial infection of his scalp.

Then in September, the Reporter told how the home owners HC One imposed a moratorium on new residents, which was later lifted.

However, in a positive note, the home was included in a raft of contracts from West Dunbartonshire Council for seven individual placements for vulnerable people, one for someone suffering from mental health issues, and the other six for people with a physical disability.

In a statement on Friday, HC One did not confirm coronavirus at the home, but a spokesperson said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and colleagues are our first priorities, and we have a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan in place.

“We have taken action to make sure we have the supplies, medical equipment, and number of colleagues we need to provide safe and effective care to our residents.

Our wellbeing team is working hard to keep residents active and engaged, and to facilitate video and telephone calls with their loved ones.

“We continue to work closely with our local health and care partners, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to make sure our residents and colleagues stay safe and well throughout these challenging times.”