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Apology after McDonald's food served at care home in Fort William

NHS Highland has issued an apology after fast food was served to residents in a care home in Lochaber.

A member of staff at Invernevis House in Fort William went to McDonald's to order food on 27 December after the chef did not turn up for work.

NHS Highland blamed "a breakdown in communication and an error of judgement" for the decision.

It said the established procedure was for the local hospital to provide food if there was a problem with catering.

NHS Highland's Lochaber district manager, Joanna Hynd, said: "The main priority of the care home manager was to ensure residents had something to eat.

"There will be a review of the decisions taken and NHS Highland apologises for any inconvenience."

A total of 21 residents had been in the home on Friday.

Ms Hynd added: "While there is no way I would condone what happened, it should be pointed out that healthy food options were made available to the residents.

"The only residents who ate chicken nuggets were those who chose to do so.

"Staff ordered food, which included salads and vegetarian options, from McDonald's and a nearby superstore, but we are unable to say exactly how many chose to eat food from McDonald's or how many had the salad, coleslaw and cooked chicken which was provided."

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