A Barchester Healthcare care home has been closed to non-essential visits after a resident, who is being treated off premises, contracted coronavirus while in hospital.
The lockdown has been introduced at Rose Lodge Care Home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
A Barchester spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have sent out a letter to the relatives of residents at our home to inform them of the circumstances. We would like to reassure residents and families across all of our care homes that we are regularly updating our guidance based on the latest data, official guidance and our own experience of safeguarding older people.”
Barchester said it was ending all visiting, excluding essential healthcare professionals, adding, however, that controlled visits could be allowed in exceptional circumstances provided they were pre-arranged with the general manager so that risks could be fully mitigated.
The spokesperson added: “We are working hard to ensure residents and families are able to contact each other through other means via phone calls or Skype. If essential health professionals do come in we are ensuring that they wash their hands thoroughly and we have plenty of antibacterial gel and will be taking temperatures of people.
“Staff in our homes will remain on heightened alert and ensure that any resident or staff member with any symptoms will be referred to their GP and local health protection agency who will advise the home management team in relation to further management and any precautions necessary to ensure our residents and staff remain safe.”