Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Update
20 March 2021
Dear all families and friends of Rathside
As you will all be aware, Rathside has had a Covid outbreak and some of your family members were affected by this. Thankfully, some had minor symptoms, and some had no symptoms at all. We also had some staff that contracted Covid as well.
Sadly, we had to stop visiting again and close the home to admissions. This was especially bad, as we could not celebrate Mother’s Day with lots of flowers around the home as we would normally have done.
The staff have worked hard on ensuring enhanced Infection Control measures were in place and staff enhanced their Protective Equipment by wearing Visors, as well as their usual masks, aprons, and gloves. The home underwent a rigorous deep clean to get us to the point where I can now say the following:
I am now pleased to inform you that from yesterday, Public Health England, Local Authorities, and the Infection Control Team, have advised that our outbreak is over, and we can now start on the road back to the normality of visiting.
During this closure, we also had a focused inspection from the Care Quality Commission. Click on the link here to read the report.
The residents have coped so well, and my staff have worked extremely hard, on keeping the days as normal as possible for them, despite most of the residents isolating in their rooms.
It has really helped the staff to know that you have been behind us all the way.
I would like to thank you all for the words of encouragement and thanks for the Staff Team.
Kindest Regards to you all,
Pauline – Manager at Rathside