18th November 2020
It is with regret that we have decided to continue the current lockdown at our services. Infection rates in our catchment area are eight times higher now than when we locked down for a second time in September and they are continuing to rise. You are all aware that this virus is transmitted through droplet contact and limiting the amount of people our residents come in contact with reduces the risk to which they are exposed.
There are a variety of schemes being considered to ease the pain of lockdown separation, whilst still maintaining the safety of our residents and staff. The one we are most excited about is currently being trialled with the Government backing and that is to allow one family member to become a ‘key worker’ and therefore be able to visit their relative. The rules and conditions of this are being worked on at the moment but we believe them to include mandatory testing, full personal protective equipment including clinical grade masks and limited access times. We are hoping that the Government will conclude their trial quickly and look forward to introducing this at Cornerstone Healthcare.
If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me or Kitnocks House and South Africa Lodge directly.
Dara Ní Ghadhra
Group Chief Operating Officer