Families asked to keep visits to loved ones 'at a minimum' in Leeds and Yorkshire care homes due to Coronavirus

Families have been asked to keep visits to their loved ones 'at a minimum' in Leeds and Yorkshire care homes due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Thursday, 12th March 2020, 1:24 pm

Barchester Care Homes, which runs the Cookridge Court Care Home in north west Leeds, has urged families to stay away as some residents are vulnerable to the virus.

The company, which offers respite, nursing and dementia care to elderly residents, said the measures are "preventative."

They have been put in place to protect residents and staff who may be "vulnerable" to the virus.

Cookridge Care Home in Leeds, run by Barchester Care Homes, has put preventative measures in place due to the coronavirus. Photo: Google.

A spokeswoman said: "We would like to reassure residents and families across all of our care homes that we are fully adhering to guidelines from Public Health England with regards to coronavirus.

"In aligning with this, we have asked that friends and relatives minimise their visits to residents in our homes.

"Some of our residents are vulnerable to the virus and we therefore need to work together to limit the risk.

"We have not taken this decision lightly, and appreciate that this may cause some discomfort, but feel that this is a necessary step to take.

"We are working hard to ensure residents and families are able to contact each other through other means."

Anyone showing symptoms of Coronavirus will not be let into the care homes.

Any visitors will have to wash their hands on entering.

The company has also cancelled external entertainment and visits from the local community.

Medical visits will still be made to residents.

Barchester Care Homes eight care homes across Yorkshire, including Cookridge Court.

The others are - Yorkshire - Avery Mews Care Home in Heckmondwike, Highfield Care Home in Tadcaster, Thistle Hill Care Centre in Knaresborough, The Dales Care Home in Skipton, Boroughbridge Manor Care Home in Boroughbridge, Ouse View Care Home in York, Mulberry Court Care Home in York and Meadowbeck Care Home in York.

The official Barchester Care Homes statement in full:

"The UK remains in the containment phase of tracing coronavirus cases to prevent it spreading in the community. Barchester are committed to ensuring that we keep all our residents, patients and staff as safe as possible and as a preventative measure we are asking visitors, including family members and friends, to minimise visits to our care homes and hospitals until further notice.

"Therefore we are asking you to restrict your visits to a minimum in order to keep your loved ones, and all our other residents, as safe as possible

"We have not taken this decision lightly, and appreciate that this may cause some discomfort, but feel that this is a necessary step to take.

"If there is a situation that requires a non-routine visit we would ask that you discuss this with the General Manager of the home/Director of the hospital to ensure that the appropriate precautionary measures are taken to limit any potential risk.

"We have not taken this decision lightly, and appreciate that this may cause some discomfort, but feel that this is a necessary step to take.

"In addition, we are limiting visits overall, and visits from the local community and external entertainment are cancelled for the foreseeable future.

"Our staff will do all they can to ensure that life in our services remains as comfortable and sociable as possible.

"We will still ensure that vital medical visits are made, and will be sure that only visitors who are not displaying symptoms come in, and that they wash their hands on entering.

"We would really appreciate your support with these measures, and please be reassured that we are closely following and complying with the Public Health authorities to ensure that we keep our residents and patients safe, and that our staff are supported to continue to deliver great care. In the unfortunate situation that we do have a case in one of our homes or hospitals we will need to stop all visiting completely and will inform you accordingly.

"If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your General Manager/Hospital Director, or email [email protected]"