Restrictions at Chipping Sodbury retirement development as resident is treated for coronavirus in hospital

April 07 2020
Restrictions at Chipping Sodbury retirement development as resident is treated for coronavirus in hospital

SOME members of staff and residents at a Chipping Sodbury retirement development have been self-isolating after an elderly woman was taken to hospital for treatment for coronavirus.

The resident of a flat at Barnhill Court (above), in Barnhill Road, is understood to have been taken to hospital last week.

McCarthy & Stone, which manages the development under its Retirement Living Plus scheme, has closed communal areas, including the dining room and lounge, and caterers have been delivering food in sealed containers to the apartments of residents who would normally eat in the dining room.

A spokesperson for the company said that, in line with Public Health England guidance, three members of staff had been self-isolating at home after coming into close contact with the woman who had been confirmed as COVID-19 positive.

They have been following 14 day self-isolation guidelines.

The Voice understands that homeowners at Barnhill Court who had close contact with the woman taken to hospital have also been asked to self-isolate.

Visits to the development have been restricted, with those making essential visits screened beforehand and on arrival.

A McCarthy & Stone spokesperson said: “The safety and well-being of our homeowners is our absolute priority.

While our developments are not care homes, we are able to offer our homeowners considerably more help, support and guidance than if they lived alone at this time.

We can confirm that one of our homeowners at Barnhill Court has a tested positive for COVID-19 and is undergoing medical treatment. We’re not able to give further details but we are providing full support to them and the other homeowners at the development.

In line with government guidelines, we have strongly encouraged self-isolation and social distancing with all of our homeowners.

We have also closed communal areas and introduced stringent visitor restrictions to minimise the risk of contamination. In addition, we are strongly promoting the advice and guidance issued by the government and Public Health England.”

The company has introduced a “Buddy system” to help people living at the development to get essentials such as food and medicine when needed.

The spokesperson added: “Many of our head office staff and building teams have also volunteered to provide cover where necessary and we have also been providing remote support where needed.

We are following Public Health England guidance and asking that all staff wear masks, gloves and aprons when delivering personal care within 2 metres of those with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, when people are shielding, attending regular hospital appointments and/or receiving regular visits from district nurses.”