23 Dec Faithfull House residents among first to be offered the vaccine!
Faithfull House in the national spotlight as residents are among the very first to be offered the Covid-19 vaccine
Lilian Faithfull Care are privileged that Faithfull House was one of the first six care homes nationally to have the Pfizer vaccine brought into the home and offered to residents. This groundbreaking vaccination programme which took place will help to inform NHS England’s national roll-out of the vaccine to all care homes.
“This is an incredible moment for our residents, their families and our staff. We are proud to have played a part in this pivotal roll-out which marks such a momentous turning point for care homes across the country. There will not be any immediate let-up of infection control measures but it is a vitally important step towards when we can welcome in family and friends free from many of the current restrictions.” Commented Martin Hughes, Chief Executive, Lilian Faithfull Care.
Helen Goodey, Director of Primary Care at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said; “Faithfull House has very strong connections with local GP surgeries and it means we can lead the way in vaccinating some of the most vulnerable people in Gloucestershire.”
Lilian Faithfull Care would like to pay tribute to the doctors and staff at St Paul’s Medical Centre, Cheltenham whose dedication and commitment have been instrumental in the smooth implementation of the immunisation programme.
James Mitchell, Deputy Care Home Manager at Faithfull House said, “We’re very proud to be part of this pilot. It’s been thrilling to see the partnership working between our care home and all the community services. Seeing everyone coming together the way they have to deliver what is essentially a historic vaccine for our residents is incredible.”
The vaccine is not compulsory and Faithfull House residents and families had to consider this opportunity and appropriate consents were sought and given.
Freda Terry, a resident at Faithfull House kindly commented, “It was quick and easy. It’s like all these things, you can get worried about them, but there’s nothing to worry about.”
Sarah Scott Gloucestershire’s Director of Public Health highlights that although it is a critical part of our fight against Covid-19 no immediate easing of restrictions can occur; “As the vaccination programme in care homes is rolled out we hope it will enable visiting restrictions to be eased as there is no doubt that visits from friends and relatives are important to the mental health and well-being of residents. However, important as this is, it does not mean we can let our guards down, and I urge everyone to continue to follow public advice to keep suppressing the virus to as low a level as possible.”
In total 65 residents received the Covid-19 vaccine.
For more information about Lilian Faithfull’s care during Covid-19 go to: www.lilianfaithfull.co.uk/care-during-covid