June 2020 Newsletter

June 2020 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to your June newsletter from a quiet and sombre Yew Tree Nursing Home. Normally around this time we are excitedly planning our garden party and talking about all of the exciting things we have planned. But sadly like most things this has been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.

The last two weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for all the staff following the devasting results of our home testing process. As you are already aware we had fourteen residents test positive to the Covid virus which meant sadly our VIP area was not large enough to accommodate. Most of the residents who tested positive were asymptomatic meaning they showed no symptoms so we were unaware of the number of residents who would be affected.

Results started to be delivered on the Friday following the test however most weren’t received until the Sunday morning. Following the delivery of the first results was a stressful seventy two hours ending early hours Monday morning while Carol and I moved residents within the home so we could create a larger VIP exclusion zone.

The VIP area was managed by a dedicated team of staff who looked after all of the needs of the residents who tested positive and proved to be our saving grace with stopping the spread of the virus running throughout the home.

We did complete an additional test for all residents who tested negative to ensure that no further residents where asymptomatic following the 14 date incubation period which came back as negative.

The VIP area has now returned to the original six bed unit ready should the need arise again. The unit will be kept available for the next couple of months while we monitor the ongoing situation.

I would like to reassure everyone once again that since the outbreak we have had no problems with obtaining PPE and continue to have excellent stock levels.