IN MAY, we asked Thurrock Council a number of questions regarding the council-controlled care home in Corringham, Collins House.
It has taken them nearly three months but they have now supplied answers to questions.
The questions were:
Have there been any deaths at Collins House due to Covid-19?
Have residents recovered from Covid-19?
How are the residents at Collins House, Do you have any good news stories?
Do you have an isolation area in the care home?
What message do you have for concerned residents?
The staff must be under pressure. What support mechanisms for staff are in place at Collins House?
When were staff supplied with PPE?
Has the portfolio holder, cllr James Halden been in contact?
Has any resident been at Basildon Hospital and returned without being tested for Covid-19?
Were residents symptomatic and returned to Collins House?
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet Member for Social Care, said: “I have kept in regular contact with senior officers and have spoken to a number of front line staff.
“We have been ahead of the game in a number of areas putting in place a pro-active testing regime for residents and staff, established a step-down facility to ensure no-one who had tested positive for Covid-19 was discharged directly from hospital into a care home and getting lap-tops and other digital devices into care homes to allow residents to communicate with loved ones.
“We have also been in daily contact with all care homes to ensure that they have sufficient supplies of PPE and have topped up their supplies if necessary. No care home in Thurrock has run out of PPE.
“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure everyone that the standards of care in all Thurrock care homes has remained consistently high and to thank the staff who work there, they are amongst the real heroes of this pandemic.”