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Stringent infection control and the ability to care for its residents in small communities or ‘bubbles’ has helped ensure a Lancashire care home has remained COVID-free during the pandemic.

The Hamptons in Lytham St Annes is part of the award winning New Care care home portfolio.

Chief executive officer at New Care, Cath Fairhurst, said: “Completely unexpected, the coronavirus crisis has been hard to navigate for the care sector where isolation and social distancing is not always possible.  However, thanks to the professionalism and dedication of the team at The Hamptons, we’ve been able to successfully manage the situation and I am delighted to report that we have remained completely COVID-free since the outbreak began.”

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Robust infection control, comprehensive daily cleaning using an evidence-based micro fibre and steam cleaning system and exemplary hygiene and cleanliness procedures have ensured the home has consistently achieved a score of 95% or more on its infection control audits.

Having the space and facilities to operate in ‘bubbles’ has also been integral to the home’s success, with groups of residents cared for in small communities that benefit from their own shared spaces, lounges and dining areas, while being looked after by the same employees on a daily basis.

Government guidelines, including the wearing of masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) were followed from the start, and thanks to the unswerving commitment of the team, the home successfully negotiated the early stages of the pandemic without having to fully lockdown and move its employee team in.

Cath added: “There are no secrets to our success, we already had our own stringent policies in place which we adhere to rigidly, but we took time to understand the Government guidelines and ensured that we were also following them closely.  The crisis is far from over, but we hope this provides ongoing reassurance for our residents’ families and friends who have just recently been able to come back into the home for carefully managed visits with their loved ones.”

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