Four patients in an elderly mental health unit have died from coronavirus and another 11 are believed to be infected after an outbreak on a ward.

But the Scottish Government’s rules say elderly patients should not be vaccinated against the virus until they are about to be discharged.

Now, the virus has spread through the Willow Ward of the Orchard View Hospital in Greenock.

A hospital insider said: “Fifteen patients have had the virus and four are already dead. We are expecting that to rise.”

A spokeswoman from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed the outbreak and said it was first identified in the facility, in the grounds of Inverclyde Royal Hospital, on February 3.

She said: “Since then, we have taken additional steps to protect patients.”

Meanwhile a Scots family has been destroyed by coronavirus after their dad died alone in hospital while his wife battled the bug at home.

Jim Brown, 74, passed away on Saturday February 13 just over a week after he and wife Liz, 73, tested positive for the deadly virus.

Today, the Scottish Government confirmed 31 deaths were registered yesterday among people who had tested positive within 28 days.

There were 885 new positive infections yesterday, which is 4.4% of the daily tests.



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