Hero nurse saves 13 care home residents from coronavirus using measures she learned from Swine Flu – The Sun

A HERO nurse saved 13 care home residents from coronavirus using measures she learned from the Swine Flu epidemic.

Maria Spollin, who runs the Church Farm at Skylarks in West Bridgford, Nottingham, became a specialist in advanced forms of life support and fighting diseases during her 20 years at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester

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And when five of the 50 residents tested positive for the virus on March 22 – with eight more showing symptoms – she knew what to do.

Maria started to use the practise called zoning that sees people with a disease put into immediate isolation.

A communal area at Church Farm was changed into a makeshift ward where residents showing symptoms were kept in strict isolation.

The patients were then given around-the-clock care for a month.

Ms Spollin ITV: "It was a very difficult decision to make, weighing up the consequences if someone had not got the virus but were contained with people who had got the virus. I was potentially putting them at risk."

But thankfully, all the residents survived.

Helen Walton, manager of the home, said: "With a care home you know there is every chance that coronavirus will arrive.

"Maria had discussed with us what we should do so we were well prepared. We had explained to families beforehand what we intended to do and they were all happy.

"Four staff members worked round the clock to care for the ill. Those staff were isolated from colleagues and other residents to help prevent the virus from spreading.

"They worked so hard, changing clothing and bedding and making sure hygiene was at the highest level. Their professionalism was magnificent."

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This week, the UK death toll for coronavirus climbed to more than 26,000 as deaths in care homes were finally included.

The homes are the new battleground as the number of residents dying from the killer bug has continued to accelerate while hospital figures have dropped.

Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, of the University of Cambridge, said: “We’ve seen some massive, unprecedented spikes in the number of deaths.

“There has been a massive increase in the number of deaths in care homes — about two and a half times the number we would expect.”

The deadly bug has tragically ripped through a number of care homes.

Sir David Behan, executive chairman of HC One, says 232 – or around two thirds – of the firm's homes have Covid-19 outbreaks, with 2,447 confirmed or suspected cases, as of April 14.

Some 311 residents and one member of staff are thought to have died from the disease at HC One homes leaving staff feeling "helpless", Sir David said.

One ex-minister warned vulnerable residents have been "abandoned like lambs to the slaughter".


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