Care home helps ease COVID-19 pressure on local hospitals


A Scarborough care home is doing its bit to help ease pressure on local hospitals by taking in discharged coronavirus patients.

Saint Cecilia’s Nursing Home has isolated a floor to safely care for discharged COVID-19 patients as it did in the spring.

Managing director Mike Padgham (pictured), said: “The number of cases in Scarborough is alarming and it is up to us all to respond and tackle this quickly.

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“As we did in the spring, we have agreed with North Yorkshire County Council, the North Yorkshire CCG and the hospital to take in discharged COVID-19 patients and care for them in properly isolated and segregated facilities at our nursing home.”

The move comes as COVID-19 cases in Scarborough are currently running at more than double the national average at 577 per 100,000 residents.

St Cecilia’s is one of six care homes in North Yorkshire stepping in to help local hospitals. Homes must be first approved by the CQC through an inspection which looks at enhanced standards around staffing, the physical layout of the building and efforts over infection control.

Mike added: “These people deserve somewhere they can be cared for. If we don’t take them in, they may have to travel many miles for care, and it would increase the strain on Scarborough Hospital.

“We want to pro-actively play our part. We did this very successfully in the spring without any adverse effect on the home and successfully nursed a number of people back to health.”

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