Scarborough care homes boss defends decision to take in coronavirus patients from hospital

A Scarborough care home boss has defended his decision to take in NHS patients discharged from hospital with coronavirus.

By Sarah Fitton
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 10:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 10:06 am
Mike Padgham
Mike Padgham

Mike Padgham, owner of Saint Cecilia’s Care Group which runs four care homes in Scarborough, says the group is proud to be playing its part in tackling the disease.

Recent weeks have seen nine people with coronavirus cared for at the group’s Saint Cecilia’s Nursing Home in Scarborough who have then been well enough to return home.

Mr Padgham said: “We have agreed to take in those with coronavirus when they are discharged from hospital as it is important that they have somewhere they can be cared for and that we all contribute to tackling the virus.

“This was in response to a request from the Government, the NHS and local authorities for this support.

“All along, we have followed the best advice from Public Health England on providing this special level of care.

“We have isolated a complete floor of our nursing home so that those with coronavirus are kept separate from other residents and they are cared for

accordingly.”

Nineteen people have been admitted to Saint Cecilia’s Nursing Home through the agreement.

Eight are staying there temporarily, one is now in a permanent bed, nine have recovered and returned home and one, admitted as end of life care and did not have the virus, has died.

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