Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Our Covid Pandemic Isolation Unit proves essential to Charlotte Straker House

By 25th August, 2020 News Comments Off

Our Registered General Nurse Avril Sayle is pictured in our Isolation Unit, administering covid tests to our staff members.

We are delighted to report that our Covid 19 Pandemic Isolation Unit Appeal has reached £27,137 – thank you to all those who have donated so far.

The Isolation Unit is continually in use, helping to isolate any residents who feel unwell (we have had no cases of Covid in our residents to date), and to quarantine those who are returning from a stay in hospital. The rooms are also being used for family members who visit our residents, when the weather is too poor for them to sit outside in our gazebo on our decking area. And we are using one room as a testing space, as we are now carrying out weekly Covid testing of all members of staff.

Marilyn Hunter (Registered Manager) commented, “We are very grateful to all those who have donated to our Isolation Unit Appeal. The fact that we have a special space where families can meet residents has been a god-send. We have very specific cleaning and staffing arrangements in these rooms and the Unit has been a key point in helping to reduce anxiety around the impact of the Covid virus in our residents and staff, and has helped our families as they know that their loved ones are protected and safe.”

The Charlotte Straker Project has sacrificed the income we would normally receive from these rooms and the Isolation Unit will continue to operate until the threat of Covid-19 infection has passed, with the charity paying the direct costs of setting aside the rooms involved.

You can donate to our appeal at the following link