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Worry increases over coronavirus spread in Bucks carehomes

One Aylesbury Nursing home has reported positive test results.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:42am 22nd April 2020. 3-minute read.

Worry increases over coronavirus spread in Bucks carehomes

The treatment of coronavirus in care homes is being questions including here in Buckinghamshire. 

Recently there has been criticism over the handling of coronavirus in the public sphere, particularly in care homes.

Now, an Aylesbury nursing home informed friends and family of resident they had received positive test results for COVID-19, however there was confusion over what testing would be done following this. 

One residents family member told Mix96 they think there is a confusion between statements made and the reality of the situation:

"Care homes are under resourced, they don't have enough people. The communication could be better even the email we received they said they wouldnt be testing anymore people in the care home but in a further email I think they said they would test people with symptoms.

"The clarity of the communication i think need to be careful... With what they tell people.

"I think they're [the government are] probably saying what we want to hear, that carehomes and carers can be tested, but they need to inform the carehomes where they can be tested if their local doctors surgery isn't supportive."

The nursing home themselves expressed doubts the NHS labs could cope with the number of testing required if the government offering was done, as well as questioning whether they even had enough tests to do this. 

Many social care facilities have echoed this worry, with UNSION highlighting what they call a "shambolic" government response to the COVID crisis. 

UNISON, the UK's largest union, says the in the South East alone there have been 170 deaths in care homes, up until April 10th, as a result of COVID-19. 

Buckinghamshire made up 28 of those deaths, which was second highest in the region behind Surrey at 36.

Responding to these figures, UNISON South East regional secretary Steve Torrance said:

“This doubling in deaths is shocking evidence of the government’s shambolic handling of the Covid crisis.

“Staff working in care homes are making a heroic effort to care for people, but have been massively let down. The ongoing lack of protective kit has left many terrified they’ll spread this deadly virus or become infected themselves.

“There’s still widespread confusion among workers and their employers over what equipment they should have. Some staff are being told off for wearing masks, while others can’t even get hold of hand sanitiser, according to reports still coming into UNISON's PPE alert hotline.

"The government has got to get its act together if we are to prevent more lives being needlessly lost.”

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