An update about COVID-19
Following the recent government announcement on how the third national lockdown restrictions will begin to lift, we thought it would be an ideal time to update you on the measures and guidance regarding COVID-19 at Applegarth Healthcare.
We will update this page with any new developments, so please check regularly for our up to date response to COVID-19.
First of all, the safety and wellbeing of everyone at Applegarth continues to be our priority during these difficult times. We ensure that there are procedures in place to minimise the risks of COVID-19. We will continue to follow the guidance and advice issued by the Government, Public Health England and other relevant authorities. As this guidance changes, we will update and adapt our policies in line with these regulations.
Throughout the pandemic, our staff have been highly trained and well supported. We follow the Government guidelines regarding PPE, infection control and hygiene protocols. Staff and residents continue to be regularly tested to minimise the risk of infection. Additionally, we have an up to date COVID-19 risk assessment to help manage risk and protect everyone at Applegarth.
We have decided to continue with new admissions where it is safe to do so. Applegarth welcomes new residents and have appropriate health and safety guidance in place. We take extra precautions to ensure the safety of new residents, existing residents and our staff team.
There is great progress being made regarding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout across the country and it remains the best way to protect people from COVID-19. We have worked to the national standards and guidance regarding vaccinations to ensure we can get people vaccinated as early as possible.
We are pleased to announce that many of our residents and colleagues have now begun the vaccination process and we will continue until everyone is offered one. All of our residents and staff are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them unless there is a medical reason to not do so.
We are aware it has been a difficult year and that visits are incredibly important for the wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Therefore, we are delighted with the recent Government announcement of the single named visitor scheme. From Monday 8th March, Applegarth residents can have indoor visits by a consistent named visitor. The Department of Health and Social Care have detailed guidance to implement visits in a safe manner. However, here are some of the key points:
- The nominated visitor will remain the only visitor while this current guidance is in place
- In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to allow more than one named visitor
- Home testing of single, named visitors will not be accepted as a valid form of testing to visit Applegarth
- Visits will happen alongside COVID-19 safety precautions such as appropriate PPE and lateral flow tests
- Handholding will be allowed but we ask visitors to avoid closer contact
- The rules and guidance on residents visiting outside of the home will remain unchanged at this stage
- The vaccination is not mandatory to be a nominated visitor
We encourage you to get in touch with the Manager directly for any queries regarding visits.
Our visiting guidance remains cautious and will be evaluated on an individual basis in order to protect the safety of our residents and staff. Therefore, visits can only take place if it is considered safe. Similarly, if there is an outbreak then visits will be temporarily suspended.
Updated Gov.uk Guidance
Below are some links to the important Government guidance we are following at Applegarth: