Following on from the government’s announcement on Sunday 10th May conveying their approach to systematically get the country out of lockdown and get us all back to some form of ‘normality’,
as expected the advice has been adjusted, but in the main the advice remains the same, and whilst there is the addition of staying alert, the advice of stay home, save lives, protect the NHS remains in force, albeit with a roadmap to how the future may look.
Therefore, based on this update our position remains relatively the same and is updated as follows.
It is our intention to continue to operate in the way we have since early March, and therefore we will maintain ongoing restrictions of visitors to services.
Whilst we are keen to relax our guidance, it is just not possible currently and as much as the restrictions on visitors is far from ideal, it is one of the main ways of protecting both the people we support and our staff teams providing the care and support.
We are conscious that the governments guidance allows people to drive further afield to then exercise, and are mindful that this may prompt family members and friends to visit services to allow them to see their loved ones; however, we would not encourage this approach just yet and remind everyone of our ability to support Skype/Face time or telephone contact as a means of keeping in touch with loved ones.
We are pleased to report that at this stage we have not seen any fatalities amongst the people we support due to any COVID related issues, which is the opposite of what we are seeing across the care sector more widely. We believe that this is testament to the planning and hard work that has taken place, but it is vitally important that we continue to be vigilant if we wish this to remain the case.
The following updated graph represents the impact of the Covid-19 virus across our 85 services and reflects a total of 40 (4%) residents for a total of 59 days, that have been required to self-isolate, a total of 6 people have tested positive and I am pleased to say all have made a full recovery.
As a comparison to residents that have been affected by the virus, the following graph represents 398 staff members out of 2000 (40%) that have been required to self-isolate for the same 59-day period. A total of 12 staff, less than 1% of the workforce have tested positive.
We are very proud how this awful situation has been handled by all involved, and want to pass on our thanks to everyone who has played a part in this, especially our residents, their families and friends who have wholly supported our visiting restrictions, which we believe has played a very big part in our attempts to keep this virus at bay; we haven’t quite won the fight yet, but we remain strong and resolute as we enter the next phase.
As we continue to move into the next phase, all we can ask is that you all continue to support our guidance to protect our residents and our staff and minimise the risk of positive Covid-19 tests in our services.