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More care home coronavirus cases as UK death toll nears 600

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More cases of coronavirus have been reported in care homes as the UK death toll climbed by more than 100 to 578 yesterday.

The number of COVID-19 infections at HC-One’s Highgate care home in North Lanarkshire (pictured) jumped from six to 11 while a positive case was confirmed at Oaklands Nursing Home in Hove where 13 people had been tested for the virus.

Commenting on the outbreak at Highgate care home, HC-One said it had a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan in place and was working with health and care partners to keep its residents and colleagues safe.

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An HC-One spokesperson added: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the local community for the outpouring of support we have seen.

“Our home has received flowers, meals, cakes and gifts from local businesses and residents as well as letters from local school children which have helped to keep spirits high during this time.”

Meanwhile, a resident at Oaklands Nursing Home tested positive after 13 residents (almost three quarters of the home) were tested after displaying symptoms of the virus.

Some staff at Oaklands, who have been frustrated by the lack of supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), were also reported to have gone home sick.

Speaking to the BBC earlier this week, the home’s manager, Betti Korder, said: “A nursing home is very different from a hospital in terms of contact and it’s extremely difficult to isolate someone.”

The home manager also expressed her concern that none of her staff had been tested for the virus.

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9 Comments

  1. The government, care authorities, care home managers have had 2 month at least to put procedures in place make sure proper ppe was there for poor staff , these are lasses working for minimum wage less for sleepover , I do 16 hrs for £89 am I expected to risk my life for that No , have I had any training apart from infection control on a computer telling me to wash my hands , cook food properly the usual stuff , we do not and have never had emergency training of I.C.U to deal with people infected with covid 19 , no training on how to wear masks dispose of them properly everytime you go in an infected persons room , have no visors or goggles for droplets in the air that can float about for 3 hours , residents don’t always have on suite bathrooms it’s a joke Death traps for residents and carers and nobody cares , it’s heartbreaking for residents , the lack of organisation and leadership is appalling , I think some managers thought it would never happen , how wrong were they

  2. Have to say my Care home still letting visitors in from the local hospital as they have an end of life relative. Many of the staff have health issues not to mention the residents. Yet the manager seems to think this is entirely acceptable behaviour. I’ve tried to argue it and been told to get lost. I’m stuck now fearing that it may come in the building and it could have been prevented. I feel so stressed.

  3. This has become common practice for care homes to think that staff are not allowed to use face masks simply because they think the residents will think otherwise. Isn’t this about protecting both the staff and the residents? How are they sure residents are negative of Covid-19 if they have not been tested yet they are cared for by staff walking in and out from their homes? Care home staff are also human beings with families. STOP PUTTING THEM AT RISK.

  4. Bullet points : staff shortages due to sickness or simply fear of working in the home. Vulnerable to COVID
    : Hospitals now having total powers to discharge elderly patients to our home at extremely short notice (I understand the hospitals need to free the beds up )
    : assessment details of new discharged patients to the home being extremely patchy and appear
    Rushed and lacking in detail
    : the assessments from hospitals claim that all discharged patients are COVID free ( I have heard
    That this may not be always correct but will take the hospital at their word)
    : Staff moral low and living in a fear factor leading to stress and sickness.
    : high usage of agency who work in different homes which is not ideal.
    : : I Know this sounds trivial but constant phone calls and I mean constant taking you away from
    Dealing hands on with the daily running of the home especially when short staffed.
    : lack of testing not one staff member or resident has been tested for COVID at time of writing.

  5. The care home i work in in southsea has done everything possible to try keep covid -19 out of the home .
    Weve had meetings with the managers.
    We have disinfectant mats and have been shut to visitors and delivery people etc .
    Masks shoe protectors aprons . Hand sanitizer etc are everywhere.
    Everything possible to keep staff and residents safe is being done.
    As im a chef there myself and my assistant wear appropriate clothing face masks aprons etc and we stay in the kitchen and dont go into the main house area.
    All have to change clothes and shoes as we enter and leave the building.
    The suport from the manager is great shes always in following the same health and safelty rules as us making sure we are ok and coping .
    Its a hard and stressfull time for us all . We just have to hope that with all the safety and handwashing , gloves etc is enough to keep our residents safe .

  6. The care home i work in in southsea has done everything possible to try keep covid -19 out of the home .
    Weve had meetings with the managers.
    We have disinfectant mats and have been shut to visitors and delivery people etc .
    Masks shoe protectors aprons . Hand sanitizer etc are everywhere.
    Everything possible to keep staff and residents safe is being done.
    As im a chef there myself and my assistant wear appropriate clothing face masks aprons etc and we stay in the kitchen and dont go into the main house area.
    All have to change clothes and shoes as we enter and leave the building.
    The suport from the manager is great shes always in following the same health and safelty rules as us making sure we are ok and coping .
    Its a hard and stressfull time for us all . We just have to hope that with all the safety and handwashing , gloves etc is enough to keep our residents safe .

  7. IT IS MISERABLE! Nobody care about the carer worker, we are left for get infection, working long hours without the proper PPE, the offices closed and blocked they door to us, and even one word for the government about our situation!! It is a big SHAME!!

  8. I work in wakefield care home, we have residents who have contacted coronavirus, I am terrified, the masks are like teabags and aprons as good as a bin bag from poundland, no goggles, no training to work with deadlydiseases, this is not the same ppe nurses have in hospital on front line, no tests, working minimum wage ,no hazards pay, bang a gong at 8PM, we need an intervention from god to protect us from this disease, because it’s too late coming for care staff in private nursing homes

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