Heathside Specific Update 01/05/20

As we have previously indicated will not be notifying all families of each case of the COVID – 19 and the outcome unless it directly affects their relative this is to maintain dignity for the people who have passed and their families. However we can confirm that we have sadly lost some of our residents due to this virus and for other health reasons

In our last update we told you that we had been informed there would be no further testing, the guidance has now changed and the government have increased the testing facilities and we have been given access to further testing for the people we support, who are displaying symptoms. As a result of this further testing we are unfortunately now able to confirm that we have a further three residents who have been confirmed as having COVID-19 and an additional two residents discharged from hospital with positive COVID-19 test results. Their families have been informed.

We continue to follow best practice guidance including our isolation measures. Further guidance is strictly followed in the home such as use of personal protective equipment, disposal of waste and laundry management. All colleagues are wearing face masks when they are in the home unless they are isolated from residents.

Even with these strict measures due to the virus being highly contagious we cannot completely stop the spread or guarantee that we can prevent more people being affected, what I can assure you is that we are doing everything we can to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. If an individual begins to present with symptoms their next of kin will be notified and kept regularly up to date.

As we still have people who have COVID-19 we are still classed as having an outbreak and we will always be over cautious with isolation periods, if an individual is appearing unwell in any way we will extend the isolation period this is to protect the people we support in the best way we can.

On a positive note, we have had some residents who have recovered from Covid-19 and who now presenting as fit and well.

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