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Residents and staff at South Holland care homes could be inoculated against COVID-19 by end of this weekend as Lincolnshire health bosses work with 10 care home settings

Residential care homes across South Holland are working tirelessly to keep COVID-19 at bay as public health bosses support 10 in the area hit by the virus.

And they have received a huge boost this week with the news that staff and residents at all 34 homes in the district could be inoculated by Sunday evening.

Suria Webb, manager at Fenchurch House Care Home in Spalding, says that it’s important that procedures are followed.

Suria Webb, manager of Fenchurch House Care Home in Spalding.Photo by Chris Lowndes. (42669164)
Suria Webb, manager of Fenchurch House Care Home in Spalding.Photo by Chris Lowndes. (42669164)

She said: “This is a tough time for all care homes but I’m not frightened. I believe that all care homes must be mindful and follow procedures.

“We have a small team and nine residents and not one of them has had COVID because we have managed the home really well, following strict hygiene and safety processes.”

Tracey Laud, who is manager at Brun Lea Care Home in Pinchbeck, where all staff and residents have received their vaccine, and Bank House Residential Home in Gosberton Bank, says that staff are receiving three weekly tests as well as sticking to strict guidelines.

Tony McGinty (43189179)
Tony McGinty (43189179)

She said: “I don’t think we’ve done anything different from any other home but we have kept it out.

“At the beginning of the pandemic we really ramped up our already robust cleaning procedures. I caught COVID, as did my daughter who works with me, but we self-isolated and kept it out of the homes completely thankfully.”

The cases in care settings are contributing to the increase in infections in the area, with a total of 315 positive cases recorded between January 12 and 18, which places the district’s rate of infections at 314.7 per 100,000.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of Public Health, said: “The county council is working with 10 care settings which have cases or outbreaks of COVID-19 in the South Holland area. The outbreaks vary both in size and in who has been affected so far – staff or residents or both.”

However, staff from 12 practices in the area have made great strides in inoculating people over the age of 80, along with frontline health and social care workers, from the local vaccination site at Springfields Exhibition Centre in Spalding.

One of the people behind the organisation of the centre is Kieran Harris, operations director for Allied Health South Lincolnshire, who is hopeful that staff and residents at the area’s 34 care homes will be inoculated in the coming days.

He said: “Our plan is, assuming that the vaccination supply continues, that we will be getting out to all the homes by the end of this weekend.”

Some eligible patients have been concerned over the booking system. To get an appointment as soon as possible people are able to book at the nearest centre, which could include the mass vaccination centre at the Princess Royal Stadium in Wyberton, using the national system.

Springfields is not on this system as local staff are in charge of bookings and will be contacting patients directly.

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