A NUMBER of residents at a Kilwinning care home have died from suspected coronavirus.

Buckreddan Care Home has been dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19.

Previously, the home was being assisted by NHS and Ayrshire Arran’s Health Protection Team and North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The Care Inspectorate has confirmed that they are aware of the deaths of residents at the Irvine Road home.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: "We are aware of the tragic deaths of residents at this care home as a result of suspected cases of COVID-19.

"Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those affected as well as the staff and wider community of the home.

"We have been notified of the circumstances and we are in contact with the care service and the local health and social care partnership during this difficult time.

"All of Scotland's social care sector is working tirelessly to care for people during the pandemic and the Care Inspectorate is doing all it can to support them."

Between November 2 and 9 there have been 32 deaths related to COVID-19. 

In Scotland since the start of the pandemic there has been 2,134 deaths from coronavirus from those aged 85 and over, and 1,751 deaths from those aged 75-84.

Last month North Ayrshire care homes had reported no outbreaks of coronavirus with North Ayrshire Health and Social Care confirming the homes were COVID-19 free.

Buckreddan Care Home did not wish to comment when contacted by Ayrshire Weekly Press.