A Scarborough care provider is teaming up with local health chiefs to help tackle rising cases of Covid-19 in the town.
Saint Cecilia’s Nursing Home in Scarborough has responded to a local and national appeal to take in discharged coronavirus patients to ease the pressure on hospitals.
As it did this spring, the home has designated an isolated floor to safely care for discharged Covid-19 patients, to support local hospitals.
The move comes as cases of Covid-19 rise across North Yorkshire, with the most significant area being Scarborough borough where cases were running 577 per 100,000 residents on 12th November. The national average is 248.
The home’s Managing Director Mike Padgham said it was vital that everyone pulled together to tackle the spread, care for people properly and protect local hospitals.
“The number of cases in Scarborough is alarming and it is up to us all to respond and tackle this quickly,” he said. “As we did in the Spring, we have agreed with North Yorkshire County Council, the North Yorkshire CCG and the hospital to take in discharged Covid-19 patients and care for them in properly isolated and segregated facilities at our nursing home.
“These people deserve somewhere they can be cared for. If we don’t take them in, they may have to travel many miles for care, and it would increase the strain on Scarborough Hospital.
“We want to pro-actively play our part. We did this very successfully in the Spring without any adverse effect on the home and successfully nursed a number of people back to health.”
Similar action is being taken across the country, at the request of the Government, to avoid NHS hospitals from being overwhelmed by increasing Covid-19 cases. There will be six such sites in North Yorkshire coming on stream imminently. Saint Cecilia’s will be the one in Scarborough.
Homes must be approved as suitable after an inspection by the care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This looks at enhanced standards around staffing, the physical layout of the building and efforts over infection control. This inspection was completed successfully at Saint Cecilia’s on Friday.
Mr Padgham said it was also vital that people followed the ongoing general safety advice.
“As a community we have to follow the guidelines to get cases down in Scarborough,” he said. “It is important that we adhere to the rules of hands, space, face.”
Lockdown rules specify:
- Only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education, or
- Not meet up with other households, even outdoors, except for permitted
- reasons set out in the national guidance
- Work from home if you can
- Avoid travel unless absolutely essential
- Self-isolate and get a test if you have symptoms – it’s the law