The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) Buckland Court in Amesbury is to reopen its doors to admissions and visitors next week after containing a COVID outbreak in January.
Janet Pannell, OSJCT’s Regional Director for Wiltshire, said she had been immensely proud at the speed at which her colleagues in the home had brought the infection under control.
“It was with great sadness that some of our residents lost their lives in this outbreak,” Janet said. “We are very close with the residents who live in our homes and their families and this was undoubtedly a challenging time.
“The speed at which colleagues in the home brought this under control undoubtedly prevented more infections and there hasn’t been a positive test among residents since 20 January.”
The provider said the home had been hit by a COVID variant with a very high transmission rate that had made it very difficult to pinpoint how it had been brought into the home.
OSJCT said an infection control inspection by Wiltshire Council had been “highly positive” and had concluded that protocols were being followed. It gave just two minor recommendations – that two soft toys in the home were washed and that PPE stations had drawers to avoid cross-contamination.
Janet added: “As a Trust we have had stringent infection control measures in place from the first moment that that virus entered the UK and continue to follow all Government guidance on this matter – sometimes going further if we feel that measures do not sufficiently protect residents and our colleagues.”