Anneliese Dodds, MP for Oxford East and Chair of the Labour Party, took part in a virtual meeting with residents and employees at OSJCT Marston Court Care Home on Thursday 29 July. The MP had previously visited the home in person in 2019.
Mrs Dodds spoke with residents Betty and Jean, along with Home Manager Sharon and Administrator Liesa. Topics of discussion included resuming popular scooter trips to the nearby nature reserve, garden entertainment, family visits and managing expectations since ‘Freedom day’, and support from the local GP surgery during the pandemic and their help with vaccinations.
Anneliese said: “Thank you to all at Marston court for virtually welcoming me this week. It was wonderful to hear from Betty and Jean about the various activities in the care home, and how things have been over the last very difficult year. And of course, a huge thank you to Sharon and her team for all their incredibly hard work.”
Sharon said: “We were delighted to host this virtual meeting, reflect on the way the team, supported by the wider Trust, pulled together during the pandemic, to keep our residents safe. We also spoke about local transport issues and how team members are now more likely to buddy up to travel by car rather than use local buses.”
Jean and Betty were delighted to meet her local MP. Jean said: “It was lovely to meet with Anneliese and talk about some of our favourite activities, and how we tried to do everything right during the pandemic.”
Anneliese hopes to visit the home in person later in the year. Sharon and Betty offered to make sure that a gin and tonic would be available should Anneliese like to join residents who enjoy the odd tipple, on occasions.